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9/9/2020 Rep. O’Brien supports Providence Teachers Union; attended protest on unsafe school reopening plans
STATE HOUSE – Rep. William W. O’Brien (D-Dist. 54, North Providence) is fully supporting the Providence Teachers Union (PTU) and their concerns regarding the state’s school reopening plans, most notably if it is safe for students and staff to return to classrooms while the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Rhode Island.  Representative O’Brien demonstrated his solidarity by joining the PTU at a September 8th protest held at the State House.

“The concerns brought up by the PTU and various other educational groups across the state regarding the potential dangers of reopening our schools are valid and based on the science before us.  While our children may possess some resistance to the effects of COVID-19, the same cannot be said for many of our staff and teachers, especially those who are in the high-risk categories for severe symptoms of the virus.  These dedicated educators have also highlighted the sub-par effort that has gone into making our schools safe for return, such as unclean classrooms, lack of PPE and proper procedures, and the general vagueness of the state-wide orders the governor has implemented in regards to reopening our schools.  Our children need to be educated, but our teachers and staff must be also protected from this deadly disease.  I stand with the PTU and I believe much more must be done to ensure a safe reopening of our schools,” said Representative O’Brien.

Representative O’Brien is a math teacher at Central High School in Providence and a member of the Providence Teachers Union.

For more information, contact:
Andrew Caruolo, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903