Report: Teachers Are Preparing Their Wills In Anticipation Of Returning To Schools This Fall

As COVID-19 cases surge around the United States, the president is threatening to withdraw funding from schools that refuse to open in the fall. At the same time, the Department of Education head, Betsy DeVos is refusing to offer safety guidelines for how schools should proceed to open “safely,” leaving it up to local government and school districts to make decisions and risk Donald Trump lashing out at them.

It also means that there are no clear guidelines for when to close schools. After a certain percentage of the school is infected? After a teacher is intubated? After the first kid dies from the virus?

It’s extremely morbid and frightening, but many teachers feel an obligation to go into school for the students. Or they really can’t afford to quit. CNN reports that many teachers are preparing for the worst-case scenario in which they must return to work, contract the virus, and eventually die. That means writing their wills and getting their affairs in order.

“How are we in the middle of a pandemic, and I’m going into this germ factory, and we don’t have a will?” said Amy Forehand, a first-grade teacher. Facing the worst scenario in her mind is difficult for a number of reasons, but it seems to be especially stressful because she doesn’t know what to expect.

“I have extreme anxiety about death,” Forehand said. “I like to be in control. That scares me, because I’m not in control.”

Forehand says she has considered quitting, and her mother has “begged” her to do so. But she feels she must be there with her co-workers as they all head into the unknown. Forehand has found herself looking at her fellow teachers and thinking that “some of us may not live.”

Trump and his administration are demanding that schools reopen even though a certain percentage of people will die in schools from an avoidable disease, including children.