Make Tennessee elementary, middle, and high schools start the 2020 school year online.

Make Tennessee elementary, middle, and high schools start the 2020 school year online.

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Maxwell Sewell started this petition to Governor Bill Lee

I am a student at Signal Mountain high School in Hamilton county. Hamilton county is a school district in the state of Tennessee. my mother is a teacher in the same school district and is having a terrible time adjusting to the fact that we will be having school in person.for her it is a terrifying idea that she will have to go to work everyday and put her own health at risk while students fill our school building. 25% of our school district decided to do school online.this is definitely not a majority but it seems like it should have been a sign that they're definitely people that do not want to go to school this fall. I don't know about the rest of Tennessee but Hamilton county already has a system set up for online school. 

people keep saying that not sending kids back to school will have a detrimental effect on their mental health. In my opinion it would be just as bad if those children accidentally bring a disease back to their family and kill members of their family accidentally. Even with required masks a school building is filled with many students who most likely will not take the mandate seriously. Children are schools already vape in the bathrooms they are more than likely to take their masks off when they eat or use the restroom. High school students still find very childish things funny to me this means that they will more than likely take off their masks as a way to make a very poor joke. 

I understand that there may be money involved. money in our society is extremely important it can be the difference between a good and a poor life and in the case of a school district it can be the difference between a good school and a bad school. Personal opinion that children and teachers lives are more important than money. Teachers and students already believe that the school year will last less than 2 weeks in person. why not just speed up the process so nobody has to get sick to cause the school year to shut down. 

I am a member of the cross-country team of my high school and we have started having social distancing practices. it is terrifying when certain members of the team show up to this practice after doing something without social distancing. We have already had a covid scare on our team. I have been running cross-country since I was a sixth grader. I would not be happy if the season got canceled but I would definitely understand if because of human health it had to be put on hold. to me I'm willing to sacrifice seeing my friends and competing with my team if it means I am at a lesser chance of getting sick this school year. 

In Tennessee we are still planning on having a high school football season. we are a state that is very well known as a football state with teams such as the University of Tennessee and the Tennessee Titans. multiple college athletic associations already putting a hold or shortening the college football season why is it that high school season is still going to happen full steam. why is it that any sport is going to happen full steam when NCAA is already thinking about canceling full fall seasons. I have friends that are putting a bet on when the school year will be over. If this doesn't show the way kids think about this virus I don't know what will. They feel that it truly isn't that important and are willing to make bets and jokes about it. 

something I've also been thinking about is the Hamilton county substitute teacher system. All schools pull from the same pool of Hamilton county substitutes. If one of these teachers is exposed on a Monday and teaches in four different schools Tuesday through Friday that teacher would have infected four different schools after getting infected. This is an extreme case but it is still a possibility. 

it's been stated by many people that masks to not make it easy for them to breathe. For a large group of children to be forced to wear them in a school though it is needed seems like a large problem. There are some children at my school that have breathing difficulties. based on studies I do not know if the masks actually cause a problem with this but if they do this could be detrimental to those children's health and ability to focus in class as well. 

Please for my health, for my mother's health, for my classmates health, for my teachers health, and for the health of anyone who comes into contact with us health please sign this petition.

Thank you for your time, Maxwell Sewell.

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