Eight Teachers From Madison School District Apply For COVID-19 Housing, Five Have Been Denied | Local education


Eight educators from the Madison School District have requested accommodations to teach online for the start of the 2021-22 school year due to COVID-19 and pre-existing health issues, and of those requests, five were denied, one approved and two were pending approval, the district said Thursday.

The number of educators in the district who searched for accommodations to teach online at the start of the 2021-2022 school year declined significantly compared to 168 educators who searched for accommodations to teach online when schools reopened in Canada. spring 2021. Of these, 148 accommodation requests were approved. , 15 were refused and five resulted in other outcomes such as working in person with personal protective equipment or time off.

The district provided data regarding housing sought by teachers Thursday in response to a registration request submitted by the Wisconsin State Journal in late August.

The Wisconsin State Journal requested the information after a West High School Spanish teacher, Deana Zorko, spoke to the Madison school board before the start of the school year and described her experience as a choice she was forced to make between her career and her healthy days before the students returned to class.

Zorko, who is immunocompromised after a double organ transplant eight years ago, sought accommodation to teach his students online over the summer, well before the start of the school year, but had no response from the district regarding its approval or denial. request.

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