Please do NOT return Pasco students to Fully Remote Learning!

Please do NOT return Pasco students to Fully Remote Learning!

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Julee Walker started this petition to aphillips@psd1.org and

We, as parents, community members, and teachers in Pasco, know that IN-PERSON LEARNING provides students with the BEST overall academic and social-emotional growth experience. We understand that the district has closely followed the guidance provided by the Benton Franklin Health District to make our schools safe during the pandemic.  The BFHD continues to support that high-risk learners and elementary-aged students are safe to continue learning in a hybrid model. Pasco School District Superintendent Michelle Whitney reported on Dec 8 that "no cases of COVID have spread in our buildings where mitigation strategies have been followed and no cases where it has been transmitted in the classroom." Further, as announced on Dec 16, Governor Jay Inslee also supports in-person learning for elementary and high-need students. 

The Pasco Association of Educators has pushed out a petition to have ALL elementary students and Special Education students take a big step backwards in their learning and return to VIRTUAL learning ONLY.  The union surveyed teachers at the end of Nov and got the results they were looking for to push for FULLY REMOTE learning.  Yet, MANY, if not the majority, of the teachers surveyed are currently NOT teaching in-person.  Specialists and most Middle School and High School teachers have not done in-person teaching during the 2020-2021 school year.  There are also many teachers who are no longer paying members of the PAE as they feel they are not being heard and having their interests represented.

Our students NEED in-person learning. Governor Inslee stated (Dec 16), "In-person learning has a broad range of benefits for children beyond educational instruction, including the development of social and emotional skills, and the absence of in-person learning may be particularly harmful for children living in poverty, children of color, English language learners, children with diagnosed disabilities, and young children, and can further widen inequities in our society." Recent CDC data shows that the proportion of emergency department visits related to mental health crisis has increased for young children and adolescents since the pandemic started, reaching levels in late-March through October 2020 SUBSTANTIALLY HIGHER than during the same period in 2019.

We look forward to the time when we can expand the amount of time students get in-person instruction on campus and when secondary students will also benefit from in-person instruction. DO NOT move our Pasco students back to FULLY REMOTE learning!

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