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Gadsden Elem. School Dist. Teachers To Hold 'Motor March' To Call For Later Start Date


Teachers and parents in the Gadsden Elementary School District will gather today in San Luis to call for a later start to in-person instruction due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

The Gadsden district teachers will meet for what they’re calling a "motor march." They’re inviting parents, students and community members from throughout Yuma County to wear red shirts in support of the #RedForEd movement and face masks while staying in their cars.

Alejandra Padilla is an eighth grade teacher at Southwest Junior High School. She said teachers do want to return but that they don't feel safe just yet.

"Yes we want to go back," Padilla said. "We miss students. We miss our coworkers but we also feel afraid."

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has pushed back full in-person instruction to at least Aug. 17, with some students and teachers in classrooms on Aug. 3.

The San Luis rally begins at 5 p.m. near City Hall.

Victor is originally from West Sacramento, California and has lived in Arizona for more than five years. He began his print journalism career in 2004 following his graduation from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. Victor has been a reporter for the following daily newspapers: The Monterey County Herald, The Salinas Californian and the Reno Gazette-Journal, where he covered stories including agriculture, education and Latino community news. Victor has also served as a local editor for Patch, a national news organization with hyperlocal websites, in Carmichael, California in the Sacramento area. He also served as the editor for The New Vision, the newspaper for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson, which includes Yuma and La Paz counties. Victor lives in Somerton. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends and following most sports.
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