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'What If I Feel Unsafe?': Support Professionals in Texas Report Back to Work

Linda Estrada, secretary at Runn Elementary in Donna, Texas, assembles student packets. (photo: Clarissa Lopez)

Linda Estrada, a school secretary at Runn Elementary School in Donna, Texas, has been receiving texts day and night from education support professionals (ESP) across the Donna Independent School District asking about the requirement to report back to work this month. “What if I feel unsafe?” “What about my kids at home?” “What if I’m in a high risk group?”

“There are a lot of ‘what ifs’ and a lot of anxiety,” says Estrada, an NEA Board member and union activist.