Demonizing the Montclair Education Association and Mayor Sean Spiller is not going to get our schools open.

The buildings in the system, save one, are all a century old and installing adequate ventilation to protect against the spread of COVID is not feasible economically or time-wise. Given that fact, the reluctance of our teaching staff to return to these buildings is perfectly understandable and they should not be scapegoated for refusing to return to work.

If we are serious about getting the kids back into the classrooms, the priority must be vaccinations for the staff. Once teachers are vaccinated we are back to in-person in-building education. Not before then.

David Grill


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