As students across the country continue to return to class, some students in Florida were more focused on who wasn’t in school.“I was angry, because she’s a good teacher,” said Kyle Rudd, a sophomore at Atlantic Community High School in Delray Beach. “She makes the subject fun.”Rudd said one of his teachers had to leave the job because her father has cancer and she couldn’t take the chance of bringing the coronavirus home to him. “She was forced to choose between managing her job and protecting her family, which personally I thought was unfair, and a lot of my classmates did, too,” said Parthvi Shah, another sophomore at the school.Shah said she and her classmates decided they had to do something to help.So they started an online petition asking the district to allow teachers with high-risk families to teach from home.“They need to care for them, but they need the income,” Rudd said. “They shouldn’t be forced to choose between saving their family or saving their income.”“I think that if students have the option to choose to stay home and learn from home, then teachers should have the opportunity to teach from home, as well,” Shah said. It seems the students may have touched a nerve.In just a few days, the petition earned nearly 700 signatures.“I just hope the petition can help teachers, that something about their job requirements change so that they’ll be able to teach safely from home,” Shah said.“It wasn’t for her alone,” Rudd said of the teacher. “It’s for every teacher that’s in the situation who has to choose between their family or their job. It’s just not fair.”Shah said she sent the petition to the school district and received a response, though she has not gotten any concrete answers.A spokesperson for the School District of Palm Beach County told sister station WPBF the district had no comment on the petition.You can see the petition at http://chng.it/cXzh8rDBbg.

As students across the country continue to return to class, some students in Florida were more focused on who wasn’t in school.

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“I was angry, because she’s a good teacher,” said Kyle Rudd, a sophomore at Atlantic Community High School in Delray Beach. “She makes the subject fun.”

Rudd said one of his teachers had to leave the job because her father has cancer and she couldn’t take the chance of bringing the coronavirus home to him.

“She was forced to choose between managing her job and protecting her family, which personally I thought was unfair, and a lot of my classmates did, too,” said Parthvi Shah, another sophomore at the school.

Shah said she and her classmates decided they had to do something to help.

So they started an online petition asking the district to allow teachers with high-risk families to teach from home.

“They need to care for them, but they need the income,” Rudd said. “They shouldn’t be forced to choose between saving their family or saving their income.”

“I think that if students have the option to choose to stay home and learn from home, then teachers should have the opportunity to teach from home, as well,” Shah said.

It seems the students may have touched a nerve.

In just a few days, the petition earned nearly 700 signatures.

“I just hope the petition can help teachers, that something about their job requirements change so that they’ll be able to teach safely from home,” Shah said.

“It wasn’t for her alone,” Rudd said of the teacher. “It’s for every teacher that’s in the situation who has to choose between their family or their job. It’s just not fair.”

Shah said she sent the petition to the school district and received a response, though she has not gotten any concrete answers.

A spokesperson for the School District of Palm Beach County told sister station WPBF the district had no comment on the petition.

You can see the petition at http://chng.it/cXzh8rDBbg.

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