Hanover parents, teachers hold car rally urging school system to rethink reopening plans

Hanover County

HANOVER COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — A group of Hanover County parents and teachers gathered for a car rally Wednesday, urging the school system to rethink its “return to learn” program. 

The rally was organized by Safe Return to Learn – Hanover, a Facebook group, where parents argued the school board rushed to a vote with no concerns about teacher safety, loss of role by taking on virtual roles, or adequate supplies for nurses. 

The county’s current plan allows families to pick the option that is best for their students – either full-time in-person or online learning. However, some parents feel the safety of teachers was not taken into consideration. 

Surrounding counties have opted for virtual learning to begin the upcoming school year and advocates in Hanover want the same. 

The rally began at Henry Clay Elementary School and then the cars drove to the Hanover County School Board, honking their car horns to be heard. The cars were decorated with signs asking the county school board to only open schools when it’s safe. 

8News reached out to Hanover County Public Schools for comment in relation to the rally. The school said: “We respect the right of the people to peaceably assemble.  The health, safety, and well-being of our students, teachers, and staff remains a top priority in our planning.  We will continue to solicit and evaluate feedback from all stakeholders, as well as all continuously review all official guidance that we receive.  We will make adjustments to our plan as necessary to meet the needs of our students, families, and staff.”

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