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Teachers and school staff plan action to encourage stronger school COVID safety measures

Alan Levine

Teachers and school staff in Connecticut will wear black Wednesday to call for stronger COVID-19 protections in the classroom.

The campaign is called Blackout for Safe Schools. It’s led by a coalition of unions representing more than 60,000 public school employees in Connecticut. They said they need more N95 masks and testing kits, and flexibility in allowing for short-term remote learning.

This comes as teachers’ unions across the country are pushing for more safeguards in schools. Teachers in Chicago returned this week after a conflict over safety measures led the district to cancel a week of classes.

More than 7,600 students and 2,300 staff in Connecticut tested positive for COVID-19 last week.

Davis Dunavin loves telling stories, whether on the radio or around the campfire. He started in Missouri and ended up in Connecticut, which, he'd like to point out, is the same geographic trajectory taken by Mark Twain.