Head of East Valley teachers group calls for more coronavirus mitigation

Dec 14, 2020, 4:45 AM | Updated: 6:59 am

PHOENIX — Arizona’s spiking COVID-19 numbers has the head of a teachers group in the East Valley calling for more action to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.

“Statewide, I would like to see a mask mandate and enforcement of it,” Chandler Education Association President Katie Nash said..

Gov. Doug Ducey has left it up to local governments to make wearing face masks mandatory. Mandates are in effect in 90% of the state, including the most populous region, Maricopa County.

Nash, a high school teacher in the Chandler Unified School District, said she would also like to see dine-in services at restaurants halted and the implementation of a stay-at-home order.

“I know that’s probably not what folks want to hear,” Nash said. “But that’s what works. There are other countries who have done this, and they’ve been successful at keeping their schools open.”

She added schools are already following strict mitigation strategies, such as mandating masks and social distancing as much as possible. She stressed the same should be expected from the rest of the community.

The Chandler Education Association last week released a letter calling on state leaders to implement more measures to stop the spread of COVID-19. They also called on the public to do their part.

“Educators want nothing more than to be in their classrooms with their students, but they want to do that safely,” the letter stated. “We need support from the community to help keep our schools safe.”

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