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Madison’s La Follette High School teachers, staff plan protest of reopening plan

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La Follette High School.

MADISON (WKOW) -- Teachers and other staff at Madison's La Follette High School plan to teach their morning virtual classes from outside the building Thursday in protest of the district's reopening policies.

The teachers announced the move in a press release Saturday.

The protest is scheduled to last from 8 a.m. to noon. The protest had originally been scheduled for Monday but was moved due to weather "so as not to interrupt teaching," the release said.

Instructors will continue to teach the classes they have during that time.

The move is designed to bring attention to differences between the Madison Metropolitan School District's reopening plan and one put forward by Madison Teachers Inc. (MTI), the local teachers' union.

"While we recognize the challenges of virtual learning, we are committed to our students’ and their families’ well-being; therefore, we believe it to be imperative that the district address the issues outlined by MTI for the safety of everyone," the press release said. "The current MMSD plan for re-entry does not meet the safety needs of our community, especially for populations within our district that have been disproportionately impacted by COVID."

The plan for the protest calls for teachers to remain near the building during the protest.

MMSD responded to the planned walk out in a statement to 27 News, "Our teachers' voices are very important for everyone to hear, and we want to recognize their more thoughtful approach with a teach-out, as it provides balance between making their voices heard and not disrupting the continuity of education and keeping our students at the center."

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