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Virginia Beach Education Association members share concerns during emergency meeting

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Posted at 6:17 PM, Nov 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-30 18:17:34-05

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - The Virginia Beach Education Association held an emergency meeting Monday afternoon to discuss how to navigate the school year amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Members focused on the Fall 2020 plan, which will be discussed and voted on during the Virginia Beach School Board's formal meeting on Tuesday.

More than 1,200 Special Education students will return to the classroom Tuesday.

VBEA members also shared their concerns at the meeting on a variety of issues, including the impact of sending Option 1 and Special Education students and employees back to school for in-person instruction when the learning environment is in the red zone and the effect of the teacher and employee shortage on the school district's Return to School Plan.

Much of the meeting was spent convincing teachers to speak, and those teachers all said they were afraid of doing so out of fear of retribution.

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There will be a group of people rallying at the School Board's meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday. A School Board member is planning to make a motion to ask to have Special Education students also return to virtual learning until after the holidays.

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