Recall Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman

Recall Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman

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Kathy Hoffman has repeatedly failed to advocate for children during the COVID-19 crisis. Despite the essential nature of childhood education, she has fought against opening schools for in-person instruction. She has chosen to ignore the outcries of parents, teachers and even the American Academy of Pediatrics. She has insisted that online education is the only education that should be provided.

Online education is not sufficient for all children - particularly younger children and those with special needs. Similarly, in person instruction is not appropriate for all teachers - such as those who are high risk for complications. Thankfully there are parents and teachers on both sides - therefore both could be provided. 

We know that children have the lowest risk of death and long-term complications from COVID-19 than any other age demographic. Statistically speaking children are far more likely to die from influenza then they are from COVID-19. There’s also emerging evidence suggesting that children under the age of 10 do not transmit COVID-19 to the same degree as do adults. The decision to keep her children out of classrooms was not one made with the best interest of children in mind. 

While children seem to be the most spared within our community, it is also recognized that adult teachers will not be. Unfortunately this is also the case for adults working in a variety of professions that never stopped going to work. 

From a public health perspective it is understood that we are trying to mitigate losses of life as we await a potential vaccine or treatment. It is understood that one of the founding principles of keeping children out of classrooms is to continue to slow the spread. While this is the case and certainly there will be some spread within schools there are facts to consider.

First and foremost it is not benign to public health to keep children out of schools. It is not benign to create more tension within the family unit and increase social and financial stresses for working families. This level of disruption will have consequences that will not be fully realized until (potentially many) years have passed.

Second: Most children have parents who are considered to be in the lower risk age groups. While it is true that many have a grandparent who lives with them or are being raised by an elderly family member. This highlights the need to keep online options available for these situations as well as educate the public about staying away from the high risk of you are sending your children to school. 

Childhood education is more important than salons, it is more important than retail. Teachers are just as essential as our cashiers at our grocery stores and even our nurses and doctors who continued to work through the thickest points in the pandemic. 

Our children deserve to have someone advocating for their return to in-person education for those who need it. 

Keep in mind that while online petitions have influence, it does not qualify to recall an elected official. When the time comes to provide a wet signature we will need your help and your pen on paper!

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