Immigrant children that are being housed in the San Diego Convention Center have had an extremely high COVID-19 infections rate, according to Fox News.
Local teachers will provide the children with in-person education regardless.
The Biden administration is scrambling to figure out what to do to solve the massive issue regarding the unaccompanied children flocking to the southern border.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reported that more than 700 unaccompanied girls transferred to the center, at least 82 have tested positive for COVID.
Positively tested unaccompanied migrant minors were being housed separately and anyone injured or ill was being treated on-site.
San Diego County reported roughly 1,800 new cases.
“That’s a case rate of 10,933 per 100,000 – or 437 times higher than the case rate threshold that schools are allowed to reopen in California,” said Scott Davison.
“Threshold for reopening in California is 25 per 100,000.”
“Some of our educators have volunteered to give up their vacation time – this week is our spring break – to help hundreds of teenage girls who are sheltering in our city, away from their families and in some cases thousands of miles from home.”
“Our teachers have volunteered to help — we are not paying them in any way — because caring for children is central to who they are as human beings.”
“The power of their example should inspire us all, and hopefully many others will be inspired to show these girls that we are a compassionate community.”
The San Diego County Board of Education will be sending teachers for in-person learning for the migrant children at the convention center. It's great there's in-person learning for them, I wish every child in San Diego County was allowed the same opportunity.
— Supervisor Jim Desmond (@jim_desmond) March 29, 2021
“We see that it’s safe, yet we have teacher unions resisting this,” said Jonathan Zachreson.
“You see this from San Diego. Up in Oakland, vaccinated teachers are refusing to come back…even though their school district is wanting it to happen.”
“Another concern that hasn’t really been discussed – these same teachers are volunteering at this facility, [where there are] exponential COVID rates, much higher than what was allowed for [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] guidance for in-person instruction,” Zachreson added.
“Is there a risk that these teachers may even get infected at the facility and then bring it to the schools, where they are going to be working?”
“Who’s gonna get the blame for the COVID spread?” he asked.
From Fox News:
700 is about 9%, compared to the .0018% rate of to San Diego residents.
The district is the second-largest in the state and the largest in San Diego County. It plans to reopen on a hybrid basis on April 12, combining in-person and online learning.
Zachreson and supporters of his movement are calling on Gov. Gavin Newsom to mandate a school reopening of five-days of in-person learning for all students.
Teachers in the Golden State have been prioritized for vaccine doses, he said, but have been reluctant to return to the classroom.
Even with vaccines, the spread of COVID-19 remains a concern – although the convention center girls have a higher case rate than local students and the surrounding community.