Allow the children on the Hybrid Schedule to go back to in-person learning.

Allow the children on the Hybrid Schedule to go back to in-person learning.

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Jen Pickard started this petition to CNUSD- William McKinley Elementry

Parents of CNUSD

This petition has been put together to demand that our children receive the in-person education they deserve.

The American Academy of Pediatrics states “families rely on schools to provide childcare; a safe, stimulating space for children to learn; opportunities for socialization; and access to school-based mental, physical, and nutritional health services.  Without adequate support for families to access these services, disparities will likely worsen, especially for children who are English language learners, children with disabilities, and children living in poverty.”

Our children are suffering mentally and physically.  There are emerging concerns about headaches in students due to virtual learning, which has spurred a study at Children’s National Hospital.  They are living sedentary lives which can lead to childhood obesity.  In their solitude, they are developing mental illness, such as anxiety and depression.   Another concerning development is that child abuse is going unreported since these reports are often generated through observations of teachers and coaches.

Furthermore, the continued reliance on distance learning will have a significant impact on academic progress, and the existing achievement gap will be exacerbated.  “It is estimated that “the typical American pupil would suffer 8.8 months of learning loss if in-person instruction does not resume until March 2021.”  While affluent families are supplementing with pods, tutors, and nannies, more vulnerable populations are being disproportionately impacted due to lack of resources. 

Virtual instruction is inadequate to educate our children. It is an inferior method of instruction and it is failing our children’s academic needs. CNUSD is throwing away years of academic achievements.

We purpose:

Children on the Hybrid schedule to have the opportunity for in-person learning. We understand that not all of the Hybrid parents are ready to send their children back, so we would need to implement the following schedule:

Cohort A (morning class) - in-person learning.
Cohort B (afternoon class) - remain in remote learning until they feel ready to return to class.

By implementing this schedule there will not be a need for extra teachers or cleaning between classes. The teacher could have Zoom on their computer for Cohort B, so they could see what was happening in the classroom and participate from home. This would allow for both cohorts on the Hybrid schedule to get the type of education requested by their parent or caretaker.

The prolonged deprivation of in-person learning opportunities has produced undeniably dire consequences for the children of this country. It is time that we put our children and their education first!

 

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