Our kids need to be back in school

Our kids need to be back in school

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Michelle Swierczek started this petition to Belleville and

With this petition, we the parents, students, teachers, and supporters of the Belleville District #118 and Bellville District #201, convey that our preference for 2020-21 school year is to return to a full time, face to face, traditional classroom setting, beginning immediately.

We fully understand the COVID-19 situation in our community, and we are willing to accept and manage the potential hazards that may come with returning students to the classroom everyday. There are a number of private and public schools in St Clair Co., offering their students a wide range of educational options for the fall that include a daily, traditional, in-class setting. We are well capable of protecting the at-risk residents of our community and still conducting face to face classroom instruction. 

We also understand that some parents, students and teachers may have health conditions and/or COVID-19 concerns that will make it very stressful, difficult or impossible for them to return to classrooms full time. Clearly, for those individuals, remote learning and teaching options should be made available.

For the rest of us, we prefer to return to full time, in person instruction, five days per week. We call for the Belleville Board of Education to immediately revise its plan for the 2020-21 school year so it will include daily, face to face, traditional classroom options available to all students, at all grade levels. We also call for parent and student representatives to be directly involved in the revision and decision-making processes.

The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention recently have both strongly recommended that children need to be physically present in the classroom. This is not only for academic growth, but because the classroom environment provides social and emotional skill development, healthy meals and exercise, mental health support, special needs services, and in some cases, the only physically safe environment of the day for students. For many parents, daily traditional classroom instruction is the only solution that works for their family, and anything less will put an enormous and possibly insurmountable burden on parents in our district.

The students of our community need and want to get back in the classroom full time for so many reasons, and they are counting on us to figure it out. They should receive the full educational experience that they deserve, and that can only be delivered in the classroom. We can do this!

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