Amarillo Education Association calling for safer COVID-19 protocols in AISD schools

The Amarillo Education Association is calling on the Amarillo ISD Board of Trustees to reconsider some of the current COVID-19 protocols in place on district campuses.

"Since September 1, we've had 1157 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in our schools. About 21 percent of those cases were in the last week alone. This does not include individuals pending testing, untested individuals in quarantine, untested individuals who are ill, or asymptomatic carriers or individuals who tested positive outside of what constitutes a school case, even if they were potentially ill at school. 

"For the district data reported by the state, about half the cases confirmed in schools have an unknown transmission source. We cannot be certain about the way community spread is occurring in our schools, which is exacerbated by the unmitigated spread in our community. 

"Our face-to-face safety protocols are at risk of collapsing without emergency action. And, due to negligence throughout our community, we are now in a position where remote learning is necessary, even though it's not the best form of instruction," AEA said in a statement.

Currently, the Amarillo ISD has a total of 603 student and 393 staff COVID-19 cases. 

“We also want the community to know and hear we are potentially headed for a desperate situation and we need folks to step up and help us get through these hard times,” AEA President, Aaron Phillips said.

The AEA has started a petition in an effort to force the AISD to make changes to its COVID-19 protocols. 

“We are always appreciative of input from our staff and community, particularly as we work to make important decisions in difficult times," AISD said in response to this article.

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