The officers of the Burlington County Education Association represent more than 9,000 teachers, aides, secretaries, counselors, nurses, maintenance personnel, bus drivers, security and cafeteria workers across the county. For the past few weeks, our members have been faithfully participating in their district’s reopening committees. Public school employees would like nothing more than to return to our classrooms, cafeterias, offices and bus yards to work with the students that we love in a safe, familiar, and nurturing environment; however, the data that is available to us thus far leads us to a singular conclusion: the reopening of school buildings for in-person instruction in September is unsafe. The risk to the health and well-being of our students, staff, and community is too high. The Burlington County Education Association cannot, in good faith, support a return to in-person instruction under these conditions.
The Burlington County Education Association along with the BCEA Minority Leadership & Recruitment Committee, wholeheartedly stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters from Education Minnesota, the Floyd family and all of those who march in protest for social justice, equal rights and treatment.
As a county, we are committed to dismantling structures of systemic racism. Doing so requires us to act on our moral and ethical obligation to confront racism now and the future. This is not a political issue nor is it likely to be comfortable, yet it is undeniably critical. The responsibility to confront and obliterate racism is a burden we all shoulder.
We must begin to have courageous conversations within every home, business, community organization, and school system.
Start the change. Start the conversations