CCISD teachers resign over COVID-19 concerns

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Posted at 2:55 PM, Sep 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-02 20:09:34-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Several Corpus Christi Independent School District teachers resigned this week from the area's largest school district.

At least 10 have resigned just this week, said Corpus Christi American Federation of Teachers President Nancy Vera.

The teachers who gave notice are spread throughout the district, but four of those teachers were at Windsor Park Elementary School.

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While school principal Kimberly Bissell said she couldn't comment on specific reasons the four staff members resigned, she did confirm to KRIS 6 News it was over COVID-19 concerns.

Additional staff members resigned and retired before the start of school and previously in the year, she said.

Bissell said the school has been working to fill the positions since learning of the pending vacancies.

“We have an amazing team that helps fill the gap,” she said.

She said students and staff would be wearing face masks and social distancing when it returns to partial in-person instruction Sept. 8, and the school will be disinfecting throughout the day.

“Safety is our number one concern every single day,” Bissell said.

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Bissell said she understands the need for the teachers to make decisions that are best for their heath.

Given that, she says, it is important to look at this challenge as an opportunity.

“I really believe in any bad situation there is an opportunity,” she says.

KRIS 6 News has asked CCISD to provide the total number of teachers and staff that have resigned or taken early retirement this year. They've asked us to file a Public Information Request.

This is a developing story. Stay tuned to KRIS 6 News for updates.