Racine teachers, parents hold dueling demonstrations about in-person learning – WISN Milwaukee

23January 2021

There were dueling demonstrations in Racine Saturday over how schools are operating under COVID-19. Continuing Coverage: Coronavirus in WisconsinSome want to return to in-person learning, while others want to wait.Signs petitioning for patience versus signs petitioning for the right to choose. Racine Educators United and the Kenosha Education Association hosted a car caravan to express the importance of safely returning to schools. “I want to be clear that this isn't easy for educators either, but safety has to be the priority right now, and one of the hottest spots is Racine for the spread of this virus,” said Angelina Cruz, president of Racine Educators United. Racine County has had 19,000 positive COVID-19 cases — one of the highest rates in Wisconsin.Some parents and staff said one more person infected is one too many. “We're hopeful that with vaccine distribution that's a step towards making in-person learning safer, it's our hope that this ends sooner rather than later,” Cruz said. Not even 10 minutes away, people gathered to present the other side of the story, where parents rallied for the right to choose between rooms or Zooms.”There are enough teachers who are wanting to come and teach our students in person,” organizer Tammy Heffel said. Parents there understand some teachers are at high risk but said something needs to be done for students who are falling behind. “My oldest has a really hard time paying attention to the computer. He’s not doing well in classes; he would normally do well in person,” parent Ally Docksey said. Students spoke up, too, saying remote learning just isn't the same. “Not being able to talk to your teachers in front of them if you need help,” one student said. “I miss — I miss my friends,” another student said. Sign up for coronavirus email alerts from WISNGet breaking news alerts with the WISN 12 app.Follow us: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube

There were dueling demonstrations in Racine Saturday over how schools are operating under COVID-19.

Continuing Coverage: Coronavirus in Wisconsin

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Some want to return to in-person learning, while others want to wait.

Signs petitioning for patience versus signs petitioning for the right to choose.

Racine Educators United and the Kenosha Education Association hosted a car caravan to express the importance of safely returning to schools.

“I want to be clear that this isn't easy for educators either, but safety has to be the priority right now, and one of the hottest spots is Racine for the spread of this virus,” said Angelina Cruz, president of Racine Educators United.

Racine County has had 19,000 positive COVID-19 cases — one of the highest rates in Wisconsin.

Some parents and staff said one more person infected is one too many.

“We're hopeful that with vaccine distribution that's a step towards making in-person learning safer, it's our hope that this ends sooner rather than later,” Cruz said.

Not even 10 minutes away, people gathered to present the other side of the story, where parents rallied for the right to choose between rooms or Zooms.

“There are enough teachers who are wanting to come and teach our students in person,” organizer Tammy Heffel said.

Parents there understand some teachers are at high risk but said something needs to be done for students who are falling behind.

“My oldest has a really hard time paying attention to the computer. He’s not doing well in classes; he would normally do well in person,” parent Ally Docksey said.

Students spoke up, too, saying remote learning just isn't the same.

“Not being able to talk to your teachers in front of them if you need help,” one student said.

“I miss — I miss my friends,” another student said.

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