Petition to Allow Ardsley HS Seniors to Leave Campus

Petition to Allow Ardsley HS Seniors to Leave Campus

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Lexie Meltzer started this petition to Ardsley High School Administration

Every year, the Ardsley High School seniors have the privilege of the option to leave campus during their lunch and free periods. With all of the modifications that have been made to ensure that school runs efficiently and safely this year, the administration has made the decision that seniors are no longer allowed to leave campus. As seniors, we understand that the administration is keeping a "closed campus" with the intention of hindering the spread of COVID-19 to Ardsley High School students.

We know that this rule is in place to keep the students as safe as possible but we believe that this decision wouldn't have much effect. Leaving campus for <40 minutes per day is not any less safe than keeping students on campus. Every day, students return to their homes and to "town" to see their families, run errands, and spend time with their friends for ~17 hours per day. Seniors will be respecting social distancing outside of school if we are permitted to leave (it is the law) and therefore there is not a logical explanation for not allowing the seniors to leave for this short period of time.

Also, permitting seniors to leave will reduce the number of students in the cafeteria for lunch, and in other public places (such as the library) during free periods. 

After spending hours in school and not being exposed to a classroom environment for 6 months, this break will provide seniors with an outlet to destress and enjoy one of the freedoms that seniors are usually awarded with every year, especially since many senior events have to be cancelled because of COVID-19 -- this decision has taken away one of the freedoms that most seniors have been looking forward to in their 3 years of attending Ardsley High School. 

We understand that this is a privilege that can be taken away if there is anything problematic that may occur, but we cannot predict this -- just like we cannot predict any of the other possible issues that may occur during the year.

We would like the administration to reconsider their decision of not allowing seniors to leave, for such a small decision has caused a radical impact on providing the most "normal"/enjoyable senior year as possible.

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