Broward teachers brought back to classrooms despite medical problems
FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida – About 1,500 teachers in Broward County who are suffering from serious illnesses and who have been granted accommodations to teach at home will have to return to physical class on Monday.
Dawn Morley, who teaches first year at Coral Springs PreK-8, has been told her accommodation ends on Friday.
Morley, 41, suffers from an autoimmune disease and is currently taking immunosuppressive drugs. She is afraid of catching COVID-19 if she returns to her brick and mortar school.
In an email Morley received Monday from his manager, he was told that no accommodations would be extended.
“I cannot justify the extension for some and not for others, therefore; I will not expand any. I understand that you will be away and then take time off, ”wrote Director Vonda L. Oliver.
“They just want everyone to come back and they’re ignoring my health concerns,” Morley said on a Zoom call with Local 10 News from his home. “Honestly, I feel underestimated.”
Given the current surge in positivity rates, she is worried about contracting the virus and infecting her grandmother, who is currently in her care.
“Children who were virtual before are still virtual now, so there is no reason for them to change housing,” said Morley.
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