Class Action Lawsuits Have Been Filed Due To The Demand For Physical Learning
Parents and educators have filed multiple class action lawsuits because of the demand for in-person learning amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
Lawsuit Filed By Parents
Montclair School District, located in New Jersey, was charged with a class action lawsuit by eight families in February 2021.
The lawsuit filed at the New Jersey Federal Court alleges that the schools deny students their rights to return to classrooms for face-to-face learning.
Learning institutions, including Montclair, have closed and opted for remote learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The particular school in question earlier announced that it would go back to physical education on January 25.
However, educators require that the schools be guaranteed safety first before they return, causing the district to retract its earlier announcement and cancel the return of in-person classes.
The lawsuit argues that the school has already canceled classes three times.
The lawsuit asserts that the educator’s decision to postpone face-to-face classes dismisses the student’s rights to a proper education.
The lawsuit argues that the complexities of remote learning have caused additional struggles for children.
The lawsuit aims to represent children who have difficulty with remote learning and have silently endured these challenges for the past 12 months.
It also seeks to allow educators and students to go back to regular physical learning.
A separate lawsuit was filed against another learning institution, the South Orange-Maplewood School district, for similar claims.
Likewise, Superintendent Jonathan Ponds district has filed another lawsuit against the school union of Montclair.
The case was filed after their staff denied a hybrid learning solution that will enable them to return to the school.
The Montclair Education Association (MEA) declares that they will not stop remote learning until safety conditions, such as proper building ventilation and other safety procedures, are met.
Lawsuit Filed by New York Teachers
A class action lawsuit was filed by the Rochester Teachers Association (RTA) in February 2021 against the Rochester City School District.
The RTA lawsuit alleges that educators who have expressed their intent to delay the school reopening have suffered consequences.
The lawsuit aims to hinder the return to in-person classes. According to the case, around 89% of the parents and educators do not favor returning to the school establishment and have voiced their apprehensions with the district.
The plaintiffs also argue that they have the right to speak up about their opinions without encountering unnecessary consequences.
They add that any individuals who would like to express their concerns anonymously may go to the RTA website.
The school’s district officials state that proper plans and protocols have been implemented to ensure their staff and students’ safety once they return to school.
Educators and parents continue to discuss and plan out how to handle the student’s learning during the coronavirus pandemic.
The discussion has resulted in multiple class action lawsuits similar to what was mentioned here to be filed against one another.
Families from New York filed a class action lawsuit containing similar claims to the ones mentioned earlier.
The lawsuit asserts that the remote learning model in place does not cater to students with special needs.
The case demands that a better plan be provided to children with special needs to be provided with equal rights.
Editor’s Note on In-person Physical Learning Class Action Lawsuits:
This article is published to inform you of the latest class actions lawsuits filed due to the demand for physical learning in the US amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
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