As the debate about reopening schools during the coronavirus pandemic continues, teachers are struggling with the decision to return to classrooms. Several Florida law firms are offering “free living wills” to teachers required to return to classrooms this fall.
Previously, Florida’s education commissioner Richard Corcoran issued an executive order that requires public schools to be open for at least five days per week for in-person instruction. This week, Orlando radio station XL 1067 announced they were teaming up with Orlando Law Group to give school staff a free living will. The flyer, shared to Twitter, advertised the promotion with #Wills4Teachers.
According to Mayo Clinic, living wills (or advance directives) are written, legal instructions detailing one’s medical care if they are unable to make decisions for themselves. Along with free living wills, the Orlando Law Group is advertising “substantial discounts” on “complete will packages” for school employees.
Recently, Florida’s largest teachers union, Florida Education Association (FEA) filed a lawsuit against the state in an effort to stop the “reckless and unsafe re-opening of schools.” Local law groups are hoping to better equip teachers if they return to in-person classes.
In St. Petersburg, Gallagher & Associates is also taking part in the campaign. On Facebook, they wrote, “While we agree with medical experts that it is premature to reopen schools in this Tampa Bay hot zone, we want to do our part to help teachers that are forced to return.”
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PEOPLE: Orlando radio station offers ‘free living wills’ for teachers returning to school amid COVID-10