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NJ teachers union calls for end to in-person student evaluation, citing health risks

Posted at 7:12 PM, May 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-27 14:44:32-04

LAKEWOOD, N.J. — The teachers union representing teachers at the Lakewood Public School District said the school district is jeopardizing the health of teachers and students by requiring teachers to perform in-person evaluations of students in classrooms.

Pictures taken by the Lakewood Board of Education show a teacher and child, each wearing masks, seated across form each other in a classroom. A plexiglass screen separates them.

“This could be done later closer to when the school year starts,” said Dawn Hiltner, spokesperson for the NJEA.

The teachers union Tuesday called for an end to this practice of in-person evaluations calling it a "blatant violation" of the governor's executive order and a threat to teacher and student safety.

PIX11 reached out to the district for comment. So far we have not heard back.

“Right now the district is pushing back on our request to wait,” said Hiltner. “But we're standing firm because we feel we're acting in compliance with the governor’s orders and the best interest of the students.”

Schools in New Jersey have been closed since March 20, posing a challenge for kids to remain connected to their classrooms.

In Paterson, where there is a large population of low income children and families, former New York Giants star Victor Cruz showed up Monday to help gift 100 Chromebooks to kids.

As of early this month, 90,000 students in New Jersey remained without the tech they need at home to log into the classroom.