Teachers unions say schools don’t have enough protective gear; Justice says claims are political ‘garbage’

By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

September 3, 2020

West Virginia’s two big teachers unions are both questioning whether it’s really safe for classroom instruction to resume next week, asking whether there’s enough personal protective equipment.

“My concern is that we’re really not ready,” said Dale Lee, president of the West Virginia Education Association.

In a separate interview, AFT-West Virginia’s Fred Albert said, “I think there’s a tremendous amount of uncertainty.”

Albert made the same point during a press conference with Ben Salango, a Democrat challenging incumbent Gov. Jim Justice in the upcoming General Election.

Justice and the state superintendent of schools took umbrage at those assessments, saying officials have double- and triple-checked with counties about whether they have enough gear such as masks and hand sanitizer.