Press Release by AFT-NH President Doug Ley- Governor’s School Announcement Shortsighted, Light on Facts

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Governor’s School Announcement Shortsighted, Light on Facts 


CONCORD, N.H. Today in the Governor’s press conference he announced that all schools would be open five days week starting April 19th. AFT-NH President Doug Ley issued the following statement:

“There is not a teacher anywhere in New Hampshire that does not wish to be in the classroom with their students.  However, the announcement from Governor Sununu today seems to be done on a whim and based upon incomplete and inaccurate information.  First, multiple times the Governor incorrectly stated that teachers would be fully vaccinated by April 19th. That is factually incorrect. While teachers have had their scheduled first dose, many schools will not have their second until after April 19th and many will not be two weeks out from their second vaccine. Second, the governor in his announcement today did not mention a plan for those schools which cannot achieve at least 3 feet of social distancing due to size of the school and student population.  What about social distancing on buses or in the cafeteria?  Finally, the Governor offers no explanation how teachers are to incorporate both remote and in-class teaching into their workdays.  In essence, this has none of the hallmarks of a thoughtful decision but looks more like a blithe and spur-of –the-moment announcement, with no serious consideration of consequences and complications. The Governor may live in a simple world but the rest of us live in the real world.

Lastly, as has become the norm with Governor Sununu, he talked to no one connected with local education in the state. As with the Governor’s prior announcements, school districts were already making their plans, knowing the particulars of their local district, before the governor issued his heavy-handed state mandate. Instead of working with local districts, the Governor has once again tried to swoop in for credit while leaving school districts to do the real work.