The parents of the Zoom-bound public-school students in San Diego are angry that, as of Monday, more than 500 migrant children are receiving in-person teaching, but another concern surfaced Tuesday night: high infection rates for COVID-19.
So, as the Biden administration deals with the dramatic increase in migrants along the southern U.S. border, problems run along parallel tracks.
The teacher track
Teachers have volunteered to take on the task of providing in-person instruction, according to a school district spokesperson.
One parent, Emily Diaz, told Fox News: “The system is broken when San Diego teachers are teaching migrant children in person, but the 100k students of taxpaying families … are stuck learning in Zoom school. … why are taxpaying students put last?”
The concern could be short-lived, since the San Diego Unified School District and teachers’ union reached an agreement to resume in-person teaching as of April 12, when a hybrid model rolls out.
Families uncomfortable with the in-person plan will be able to continue virtually.
“We have 130,000 kids who haven’t been allowed in a classroom for over a year in the San Diego United School District,” San Diego County Supervisor Jim Desmond told Fox News.
The COVID track
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services told Fox News Tuesday that 82 of the more than 700 unaccompanied girls transferred to the center have tested positive for the virus.
The girls, ages 13 to 17, are being sheltered at the San Diego Convention Center, which has been repurposed as a temporary overflow facility, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.
Those with positive tests are isolated; others began a quarantine process. Children who had not tested positive will be tested every three days, according to HHS.