In response to “Murphy, Spiller and more politicians have failed Montclair's kids (Letter),” about remote learning:

I suggest we stop taking cheap shots, vilifying school teachers. Imagine if all that energy went into a drive for early vaccination for teachers. Then more teachers could have safely returned to live teaching, and parents who felt classrooms were safe could have sent their children into school. 

Suggesting there was no good reason to avoid opening the schools is a fantasy that encourages us to think that it’s a lazy, money-grubbing teachers’ union against good sense. In truth, no one enjoyed remote teaching, but 71 Montclair residents dead is 71 too many.

I’m glad schools followed safety standards we insist on in our supermarkets. The pandemic isn’t over just because you are over it. 

Andrea Cohen


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