Posted August 10, 2020
In the United States alone, there are more than 3.5 million teachers. That’s 3.5 million individuals who, after months of uncertainty, are now being tasked with the decision of facing unemployment or placing their health at risk.
As pressure from the White House, pediatricians, and parents to get back to school builds, educators across the country are pushing back. But for some, that means being forced to resign.
As part of the overall plan to restimulate the economy, schools have been tasked with reopening to allow parents to return to work and promote a safe reopening of establishments. Unfortunately, more than a quarter of public school teachers are over the age of 50–and at risk for COVID-19.
School districts are facing heavy financial burdens and logistical problems for reopening safely and efficiently. However, a secondary problem has emerged– teachers are taking leave, early retirement, and resigning from their positions because they fear contracting the deadly coronavirus if forced to return to a physical classroom.
According to a Fox Business report, 1 in 5 teachers will leave the profession this fall, resulting in a shortage of teachers.
However, many doctors and parents alike argue that not only are the physical health complications disastrous to those who contract it, but for children, the psychological impacts can be just as damaging. Because of this, many are urging educators to reconsider their choices to not return to the classroom.
But what are teachers to do? One educator in Arizona resigned from his position as a result of COVID-19–but after breaking his contract with the district, he was forced to pay a $2,000 fine.
With possibilities like this for many who may break a contract, it’s important to know your legal rights.
Teachers Rights During COVID-19
If you are a teacher and are considering resigning from your position, or have faced repercussions for voicing your concerns due to COVID-19, know that you have legal rights.
Our nationwide attorneys can review your employment contract, review any clauses which could potentially result in legal action or fines, and make sure you are making the right choice for you and your family.
COVID-19 is not just a physical condition; the emotional and psychological implications are yet to be fully discovered. That’s why it is imperative you focus on you.
Teachers are the building blocks of our nation, morphing the minds of the upcoming generation. Let us help you during this trying time.
Contact our nationwide COVID-19 injury lawyers today.
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