Request Removal of Restrictive Yearbook Photo Policy

Request Removal of Restrictive Yearbook Photo Policy

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amy holbert started this petition to Anne Arundel County Board of Education

It doesn't need to be restated that 2020 was a difficult year for us all, but for the Class of 2021 those difficulties have been pushed to the limit by the Anne Arundel County (AACO) Board of Education (BOE). Given the current state of things, it is entirely possible that not one of those students will get to step foot in their school for the entirety of their senior year. To say this is heartbreaking is an understatement. As such, it would make sense to allow those students to submit photos of their last high school year for inclusion in the yearbook, so that they can in some way share with each other the way that they each spent this year in virtual learning. However, the AACO BOE, in November of 2020, issued guidelines for photo submission which can only be described as a gross overreach of their authority. The guidelines read:

*Please note that per AACPS BOE, any group photos with non-family members will need to include both masks and social distancing in order to be considered for printing in the yearbook.

The AACO BOE should not be dictating what will be allowable in those photos showing how students spent their time outside of school grounds and while not at school functions. The deadline for those photo submissions is quickly approaching and in an effort to show the BOE that these guidelines should be removed we are asking for your support of our petition, which we intend to bring up at the January 6th BOE public meeting.

Our 2021 seniors have yet to be appreciably acknowledged at all this year in any formidable format. Placing restrictions on how they can tell the story of their summer and 2020-21 virtual school year with pictures in a yearbook, that will pale in comparison as far as content to any other year, is completely unnecessary. Whether they wore masks and social distanced in photographs is not an indicator of the safety measures that were followed per CDC guidelines by the PARENTS that were responsible for their safety during those times. To make an assumption otherwise is not fair to these students. 

These kids will never get this year back and we can only hope that when these seniors receive their yearbooks at the end of this stolen year, that they have the chance to look into the faces of their classmates and remember that they, in their own ways, made every attempt to enjoy the time they spent during quarantine and while learning virtually. So much has been taken from them already, please help us fight to let them share what little joy and happiness they may have experienced this year with their friends and family in the form of a yearbook that will be one of the only memories they have of their senior year.

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