July 13, 2020 | KTVA | Makayla Clark |

The Anchorage Education Association responded to Anchorage School District’s back-to-school plan Monday saying teachers are concerned about being in the classrooms with the spread of COVID-19 increasing in the community.

Last week, the school district announced four categories from low to high risk. Parents can also choose to keep their kids fully online or to home school them.

AEA president Corey Aist said the decision to pursue face-to-face learning should be based on the trend of cases. He said teachers want to be in school, but they are concerned. He also said student and staff safety must come first.

“The Anchorage School District wants to do the right thing for the community, the students and the teachers. And as we watch the spread increase, I believe some alterations to the opening of school may need to change, but we need to watch the trend,” Aist said.

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