January 15 – On the 14th local time, students went on strikes in Chicago, Boston and other cities in the United States, expressing dissatisfaction with the conditions of offline teaching in the COVID-19 pandemic. Students asked for online teaching and urged the local government to take practical measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 on campus.
According to ABC and Reuters on the 15th, at about 10 a.m. on Friday (14th), 600 students from many public schools in Boston went on strike, demanding local officials to take measures to stop the spread of the epidemic on campus, use distance learning technology, implement online teaching for two weeks, and provide teachers and staff with appropriate Personal protective equipment when. Before the strike, student organizations wrote on their social accounts that they would stand together for 10 minutes, each minute representing the new 100,000 coronavirus rate on January 2.
Chicago students also marched on strike on the 14th, flocking to the school district office of Chicago public schools, shouting protest slogans, asking the school to improve the transparency and accuracy of epidemic data on campus, include young people in the decision-making process, and hold mistakes accountable. The Chicago Public School Student Union also wrote to Chicago officials and principals, saying, “You have repeatedly proved that your leadership is unbelievable, and young people of color are the most hurt victims of this.” The Student Union also supports the teacher union’s agreement to accept COVID-19 safety protection.
Recently, there have also been school protests in New York, California and other states, accusing school leaders of their incompetence in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and educational health issues. At present, there are still more than 800,000 new cases in a single day in the United States. According to a website tracking information about campus suspensions, nearly 5,000 public schools across the United States have been closed for at least one day this week.