DANBURY — Local teachers will demand more funding to ensure a safe reopening of schools during a car caravan on Thursday afternoon.

Educators and community members from more than two dozen towns plan to participate in these simultaneous rallies across the state, said the Connecticut Education Association, which is organizing the caravans. The largest event will begin in West Hartford and travel to Gov. Ned Lamont’s house in Hartford.

Teachers in Bethel, Brookfield and Danbury will drive through their communities and call for safety, equity and funding when schools reopen.

“As we move closer to reopening, it becomes imperative that Danbury is guaranteed the funding needed to implement CDC protocols to keep us all safe,” said Erin Daly, president of NEA Danbury, the teacher’s union.

The union supports the district’s request to the state that Danbury start the academic year under a hybrid model. She said it is the only way to follow social distancing protocols in the “already overcrowded classrooms.”

Danbury teachers will meet at the high school at 2 p.m. and travel through Main Street to Rogers Park. Bethel and Brookfield teachers will start at their respective high schools.