A group of teachers in Montgomery County, Maryland, held a parade on Tuesday to protest the local school board's decision to resume in-person classes in March.
Hundreds of cars drove down the streets, honking their horns. Many cars had signs that blasted the board's decision or promoted safety and equity.
"MCPS employees are NOT the Giving Tree! We will NOT sacrifice our health and safety. We are insulted that it was assumed that we should just suck it up and obey the delusional, dangerous directives," said the vice president of the Montgomery County Educational Association, Jennifer Martin.
Similarly, one of the attendees said teachers were being "villainized for trying to keep their communities safe."
The CDC has consistently released reports since last summer encouraging schools to reopen, indicating that school is one of the safest places for children to be, and that low transmission rates indicate teachers do not need the vaccine before returning to work. Other research has indicated that schools have low viral transmission compared to their surrounding communities.
The district's chief of engagement, innovation, and operations said that every school will have masks, social distancing, and sanitizing stations. Families will also be given thermometers to check student temperatures daily.
🔦 Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) is giving the county 50,000 rapid testing kits. Individual classes will be sent home if one student or teacher tests positive.