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September 15, 2020      4:58 PM

TSTA files first teacher grievance on enforcement of COVID-19 policies

The complaint was made against the Killeen ISD: “Our members do not feel safe…Our members are being unfairly penalized because the school district has failed to prepare accordingly for the virtual learning of all its students during the 2020-2021 school year.”

The Texas State Teachers Association has filed the first of what is likely to be many grievances against school districts in Texas accused of practicing unsafe COVID-19 policies.

The grievance against the Killeen Independent School District was filed under the section of policy related to personnel management. This is the section of code, which almost all school districts carry on their books, that allows employees to complain about work conditions, sexual harassment and lodge whistleblower complaints.

The Killeen Educators Association alleges the school district has forced teachers and paraprofessionals to work in an unsafe environment, touting procedures to protect employees but then failing to deliver on those promises.

By Kimberly Reeves

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