IAMA science teacher in rural Georgia who just resigned due to my state and district's school reopening plans amid the COVID-19 pandemic. AMA.
Hello Reddit! As the United States has struggled through the COVID-19 pandemic, public schools across the country have pushed to reopen. As Georgia schools typically start in August, Georgia has, in many ways, been the epicenter of school reopenings and spread of the virus among students, faculty, and staff (districts such as Paulding County and Cherokee County have recently made national news). I resigned this week, about three weeks prior to my district's first day of school, mostly due to a lack of mask requirement and impossibility of social distancing within classrooms.
Edit: Thanks for the gold!
Edit 2: Thank you to Redditors who gave awards and again to everyone who asked questions and contributed to the discussion. I am pleasantly surprised at the number of people this post has reached. There are teachers - and Americans in general - who are in more dire positions medically and financially than I, and we seem to have an executive administration that does not care about the well being of its most vulnerable, nor even the average citizen, and actively denies science and economics as it has failed to protect Americans during the pandemic. Now is the time to speak out. The future of the United States desperately depends on it.