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Happening now: AFT @rweingarten is joining @NEAToday's @BeckyPringle for the "Grantmakers for Education Webinar: What Funders Need to Know About School Reopening" #ReopenSafely
"I've spent every day since April focusing on how we're going to reopen schools." — @rweingarten #ReopenSafely
"We really want schools to reopen. Most schools will not reopen in any way that is recognizable to anyone." — @rweingarten #ReopenSafely
.@rweingarten: As a social studies teacher and a lawyer, what I've found that is really helpful is listening to the scientists and doctors. As a result we've learned how to plan for schools to #ReopenSafely.
Our plans for schools to #ReopenSafely are focused on:
1) Community spread and infection rates.
2) Plans for testing, tracing and isolation.
3) Funding to make this work in terms of resources and support, including for #PPE.
As @rweingarten said, one way the AFT is working to help provide funds for our members and their schools to #ReopenSafely is through the AFT Innovation Fund. Read all about it here: aft.org/about/innovati…
@rweingarten .@rweingarten says these are the 4 things we need to do right now:

1⃣ Work together to make remote better
2⃣ Prioritize community schools with wrap-around services
3⃣ Make school cafeterias feeding centers for communities
4⃣ Provide free connectivity for all families
Check out our flexible blueprint for imagining a new normal for public education, public health and our society to #ReopenSafely.

▶️ aft.org/reopen-schools
.@rweingarten shares how broadband connectivity is already available, but it can be made free for families with children in school, and how the AFT has been fighting for funding for this via the #HEROESAct. #ReopenSafely
"The most important thing we need to do is fight the virus." — @rweingarten #ReopenSafely
.@rweingarten: Families need to know that schools can still be a community hub even if we're remote. #ReopenSafely
Those with the least resources often have the greatest needs. — @rweingarten #ReopenSafely
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