Keep ABCUSD virtual until the 2021-22 school year

Keep ABCUSD virtual until the 2021-22 school year

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Amy Parker started this petition to ABCUSD ABC Unified School District and

On March 13, 2020, all Artesia-Bellflower-Cerritos (ABC) Unified School District schools were closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then, virtual learning has been how students have received instruction. While virtual learning has not been perfect for all students, as it causes a major change in teaching style, it has worked for many students, and has kept them safe from this worldwide pandemic.

Recently, Gavin Newsom collaborated with the California State Legislature to bring lower elementary grades back to the classroom by April 1st for schools in the purple tier, and full elementary schools by April 1st for schools in the red tier. Many counties are far beyond the requirements for the purple tier. While cases have been declining, COVID-19 still runs rampant here in Los Angeles County.

ABC Unified School District is desiring to open up middle and high schools even sooner. Athletics teams are already back in person, and hybrid schedules are being devised. These hybrid schedules would segregate those desiring to stay home from those in person. It could even force them to change teachers, which would destroy academic performance and social relationships. At the same time, it gambles with the lives of students, teachers, and other faculty members.

We call on the school district to not open up this school year, but to instead plan for a full safe opening next school year. This gives time to return to normal - while mask-wearing may still be required, we would get to a point where students could socialize. Hybrid schedules do not allow this, and so have no benefit of social interaction.

We need to do what makes sense right now - and that is keeping students at home. We can't risk gambling with the lives and success of students just because the media and a few conservatives think it's essential to return to schools now.

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