Teachers protest school reopening plans

Plus, students in Georgia are sharing their photos of crowded school hallways as the state reports it’s youngest death, a 7-year-old boy.
2:35 | 08/07/20

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So we turn now to the battle over reopening schools safely intensifying in districts across the country. Teachers in Michigan flocked to the state capitol to protest the reopening plans. Steve osunsami is joining us from Atlanta with more on that. Good morning, Steve. Good morning to you, Amy. At this high school behind me they have decided on remote learning but there are many parents for various reasons who aren't happy with that. School systems and families across the country struggling to decide what is best for their children. As school districts across the country this morning are figuring out how to best educate children safely and in some cases are sending them back to classrooms, school systems like the one in Georgia are struggling with the decision. A student was suspended of sharing the images of a packed hallway from the first week of classes, where most of the students were wearing masks. The superintendent had to write this letter obtained by ABC news trying to calm families where he underlines that masks are still encouraged and says more resources are on the way for families and teachers. I saw many people were not wearing masks and it was making me feel really unsafe and uncomfortable to be in school. Reporter: A former teacher who worked in the school district is agreeing to talk with us, but asked for some anonymity because she's afraid people will come for her. She says bully behavior is what made her quit. I feel as an educator it is my duty to point out an instance where I do not feel like the children are being kept safe. I do not feel like my fellow teachers are being kept safe. Reporter: Teachers in America's streets are protesting in-person learning. One of their biggest concerns -- heading back to classrooms that don't have enough space to follow safety protocols. I teach high school. I have 39 kids in a class, just not going to happen. Reporter: Students continue to share photos of crowded schools online. These are from inside woodstock high school in Georgia. Showing some students in masks, but little social distancing. The school system here is reporting covid-19 infections in at least five different schools already. Some parents have to work and struggle with keeping their kids at home but it's also true that children who are attending these schools are getting sick. Here in Georgia, a 7-year-old has now died from covid-19. A child with no underlying conditions. The youngest child to die from the disease in this state. Just awful. Steve, thank you so much.

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