Supporting West High School Student Protest and Solidarity to Reinstate Profe ZorkoNews October 6th, 2021
𝗠𝗧𝗜 𝘀𝘂𝗽𝗽𝗼𝗿𝘁𝘀 𝘁𝗼𝗱𝗮𝘆’𝘀 𝗪𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗛𝗶𝗴𝗵 𝗦𝗰𝗵𝗼𝗼𝗹 𝘀𝘁𝘂𝗱𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝘁𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗲𝘅𝗽𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗲𝘀 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝘂𝗻𝘄𝗲𝗮𝘃𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘀𝗼𝗹𝗶𝗱𝗮𝗿𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗺𝘂𝗻𝗶𝘁𝘆’𝘀 𝘀𝘂𝗽𝗽𝗼𝗿𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝗿𝗲𝗶𝗻𝘀𝘁𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝗣𝗿𝗼𝗳𝗲 𝗗𝗲𝗮𝗻𝗮 𝗭𝗼𝗿𝗸𝗼. 𝗔𝗻 𝗶𝗻𝗷𝘂𝗿𝘆 𝘁𝗼 𝗼𝗻𝗲, 𝗶𝘀 𝗮𝗻 𝗶𝗻𝗷𝘂𝗿𝘆 𝘁𝗼 𝗮𝗹𝗹.
It’s important to recognize that Profe Deana Zorko has been working through her Union since last spring on an accommodation to allow her to continue to teach virtually. This whole situation could have been avoided had MMSD made the appropriate accommodations in the summer instead of in the final hour, thus negatively impacting our scholars, both physically at West High School (as they now have to re-adjust to another teacher) and virtually (as they are only now able to have a qualified educator like Profe Zorko guide them). In lieu of the district’s obstinance to treat this situation humanely, they put the financial and emotional toll of accommodating Profe Zorko’s needs on West administration and staff to make this work.
We appreciate the compassionate collaboration with West’s principal, Karen Boran on this personnel matter. We will continue to support our Union sibling throughout this trying time and hope that the District doesn’t just do the bare minimum when it comes to supporting a medically vulnerable human teaching our community’s scholars.
We also encourage the community to sign the student-generated petition: https://tinyurl.com/studentpetitionZorko