Some parents in San Diego public schools are concerned over proposals for teachers to provide in-person teaching to migrant children while schools in the same county stay closed.

According to Fox News, the teachers will be sent to the San Diego Convention Center to provide in-person learning to illegal immigrants.

“We have 130,000 kids who haven’t been allowed in a classroom for over a year in the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD). It’s great that there’s in-person learning for those unaccompanied minors from Central America, but I wish every child in San Diego County was allowed the same opportunity for in-person teaching,” San Diego County Supervisor Jim Desmond told Fox News.

Emily Diaz, an SDUSD parent, told Fox News in an email that ”the system is broken when San Diego teachers are teaching migrant children in person, but the 100k students of taxpaying families at San Diego Unified School District are stuck learning in Zoom school.”

According to Desmond, the San Diego County Board of Education will send teachers to the convention center to provide in-person instruction for illegal migrant students.

From Monday, March 29, teachers from the San Diego County Office of Education and other nonprofit groups began offering educational resources to some of the 500 minors who came over the weekend from Texas and Arizona.

The San Diego Convention Center is currently hosting 350 teenage girls who arrived on Saturday by charter flight from a Border Patrol facility in Donna, Texas. A total of 150 girls are expected to come from Tucson.

The girls will be taught English and the arts by San Diego teachers, according to KPBS-TV.

The San Diego Convention Center, which is owned by the Department of Health and Human Services, is scheduled to be fully operational by the end of the week, housing 1,450 illegal immigrants . Medical treatment, shelter, a place to sleep, and showers will be given to unaccompanied immigrants.

At least 20 migrant children living at the San Diego Convention Center tested positive for Covid-19 on Monday afternoon, according to KUSI News.

The migrants are supposed to stay at the San Diego Convention Center until July. The federal government will then locate them with a family while their refugee claims are heard in immigration courts.

 

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