Queen Creek teachers resign after vote to head back to in-person class

QUEEN CREEK, AZ — It’s not the way he wanted to end his teaching career. On Wednesday, Mark DeGrow, a long time high school chemistry teacher, handed in his resignation letter.

“The district’s In-Person Return to School details will not guarantee my safety,” it read in part. “It is impossible to socially distance 33 students in my classroom.”

He’s not the first to quit, and says he likely won’t be the last. “I hate not being able to do it this year, but it’s not safe,” added DeGrow. “It’s sad for the students as well, they’re going to miss out on some quality teachers with experience that are leaving.”

One of those being Matthew Chicci. “I have people at home that can’t get this, or I’ll be short a member of my family,” said Chicci. “Teachers have choices too, and this is my choice. I’m choosing my family.”

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