Reinstate Face to Face learning option for Cobb County Schools

Reinstate Face to Face learning option for Cobb County Schools

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The purpose of this petition is to regain our rights to choose, as parents and tax payers in Cobb County, GA, to send our children to school utilizing the traditional classroom setting.

On 7/10/2020, the Cobb County School Board informed the residents of Cobb County that we would have 2 options from which to choose for the beginning of the  2020-2021 school year.  The 2 options available were face to face learning and virtual learning.

On 7/16/20, the Cobb County Superintendent, Chris Ragsdale, arbitrarily made the decision to eliminate the face to face learning option completely.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, “We recognize that children learn best when physically present in the classroom. But children get much more than academics at school. They also learn social and emotional skills at school, get healthy meals and exercise, mental health support and other services that cannot be easily replicated online…”.  Additionally, the current AAP recommendation for screen time per day is limited to 1 hour or less.  Virtual learning would far exceed this medical recommendation.  

Many families require both parents working outside of the home.  Virtual learning is not conducive to this kind of family structure as neither parent would be available to provide instruction.

Some children live in abusive situations where time spent at school is their only safety and reprieve.  Many others receive their only substantial meal while at school for the day.  Still other students have special needs that only a school setting with the properly trained staff is qualified to provide.  Personally, our children are very unsettled and upset by the decision to eliminate face to face learning; after nearly 5 months, they were looking forward to returning to the classroom.  

Furthermore, we pay hefty taxes for the privilege of being in one of the best school districts in the state of Georgia, with some of the best teachers.  We, as parents, whether working from home or outside of the home, are not qualified, trained, or educated in the way these teachers are and cannot provide the quality of instruction and education that the classroom setting does.  It is truly detrimental to the children's education experience and will set them back academically, emotionally, and mentally for the coming years.

We strongly feel that the decision to eliminate face to face learning leaving only the  remote virtual learning choice is a one size fits all approach in which only one viewpoint is accommodated.  It simply works for only those who want it this way.  However, many others do not want virtual learning for their children due to the AAP's recommendation and the associated negative impacts to the childrens' health and well-being.  For the reasons stated above, we, the Parents, petition to regain our choice of face to face learning for the 2020-2021 school year.