Teachers face tough decisions as fall instruction begins soon

One teacher in the area said he would only continue to work this fall if it is 100% remote.

Posted: Aug 7, 2020 5:17 PM
Updated: Aug 7, 2020 5:22 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Oregon teachers have to make some tough decisions soon as districts roll out their plans for school in the fall. 


With many large school districts in Lane County planning on having learning entirely online for the beginning of the school year, many teachers said they have mixed emotions. 

As for how many teachers plan on coming back in the fall -- a lot of that is still up in the air. 

Sabrina Gordon with the Eugene Education Association said as long as districts can make accommodations as needed, she doesn't anticipate a larger than normal amount of teachers retiring or leaving the profession. 

Gordon said there are several parts of this job that can be provided remotely and the EEA is working hard with districts to figure out what that will look like as time goes on. 

She told KEZI 9 News there isn't a set date for when teachers need to tell the school if they don't plan on teaching because she said a lot depends on the decisions that are being made. 

Jonathan Gault with the Springfield Education Association said all of their teachers want to teach but some may feel conflicted between their own personal health and safety and their desire to support in-person instruction or their ability to reach all students remotely. 

An official with the Bethel School District said he anticipates some staff will not come back to teach while the pandemic is going on. 

One teacher in the area said he would only continue to work this fall if it is 100% remote. 

"I'm a high-risk individual because of age and I simply don't want to take a chance. I would like to work. I think it is important, but at the same time I think we have to be flexible in our approach," fifth-grade teacher Martin Sade said. 

There are several factors teachers have to take into account when deciding their plans for the upcoming school year including health risks, teaching remotely and the possibility of returning to in-person instruction down the road. 

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