Some teachers quit amid COVID. 'They can't come back from being treated this way'

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Anna Hoard was teaching a kindergarten class when her chest began to tighten and breathing grew difficult. As the kids struggled to keep their masks over their noses and stay at their desks spread three feet apart, all of the weight of the past school year came crashing down on her. The 60-hour work weeks. The poor air circulation. The promises of remote online learning that were forgotten amid pressure for in-person classes. The rising case numbers. As she hyperventilated, she knew she was having a panic attack. “When it started, the students were still in the room, and I c…

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