Philly teachers wary of return to classroom without COVID-19 vaccine

Mike DeNardo
May 27, 2020 - 12:35 pm

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A poll of Philadelphia teachers shows more than two-thirds are concerned about a possible return to classes in school buildings before a COVID-19 vaccine is developed.

The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers polled 6,325 union members last week. 


The survey showed that more than 71% favored a hybrid return, with some classes in-person and some classes online, while 73% thought a staggered schedule with students going to school on alternating days would be best.

Nearly all of the respondents — 97% — thought that access to sanitizer and hand-washing stations was very important, and 91% said having a process to test, trace and isolate was important.

In the comments section of the survey, teachers questioned how to do social distancing in crowded classrooms with students sharing computers or art supplies. They expressed concerns about supplies of masks and protective equipment.

One wrote: "My classroom was 104 degrees for weeks last year during heat waves. How in the world am I going to wear a mask all day without fainting?"