Teachers say fear of COVID-19 keeping them out of classroom as students head back to school

Many teachers say the fear about getting COVID-19 is keeping them out of the classroom, as more students head back to school.

News 12 Staff

Sep 2, 2020, 11:30 PM

Updated 1,363 days ago

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Many teachers say the fear about getting COVID-19 is keeping them out of the classroom, as more students head back to school.
Gail Schlenger has been a teacher at Chappaqua Central School District for more than 40 years. 

She reluctantly retired Tuesday due to her concerns about coronavirus.She says her age puts her at a higher risk, which is why in July she requested to work remotely. 

About a week ago, she says her request was denied. She tells News 12 she felt like she had no choice but to retire for the sake of her health.

"I had to make the decision in one day and I cried. I have to tell you I cried. This is not an easy decision. To end a 40-plus year career this way is an awful decision," she says. 
Ron McKechnie, a teacher at Reach Academy in West Harrison, has underlying health issues and says educators didn't have enough time to plan for the school year.
News 12 reached out to the Chappaqua school district about why Schlenger was denied her request to teach remotely but has not heard back. 


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