Open Comal County Schools Safely

Open Comal County Schools Safely

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Olivia Weisinger started this petition to Comal ISD School Board and

We are a group of parents in Comal ISD who are speaking up on behalf of teachers, parents and students with concerns regarding opening our schools safely. 

The school district was advised last week by Comal County’s Director of Public Health Dr. Dorothy Overman that schools should not open until the test-positive rate is down to 5% (Comal is currently at 16%). 

It is clear that it is not medically safe to open schools. Reopening schools will exponentially spread this virus. However the district continues the push to open face to face instruction in an environment that is scientifically known to be a disaster.

We have heard from teachers who are fearful to speak out as their jobs have been threatened and they fear losing their certifications and retirements,  We are speaking up on their behalf and conducted our own survey for teachers to safely voice their concerns.  Our preliminary findings show only 18% of teachers feel comfortable returning back to school and 6% plan on retiring or resigning.

We are demanding that schools stay closed to in-building until the positivity rate is below 5% (CDC recommendation).

We are demanding that the silencing of teachers (with threats of job loss) be stopped immediately and that teachers are given a voice and choice on when it is right for them to re-enter without repercussions on their contract.

We are demanding teachers receive better benefits. We want to know that they have the sick days needed to be paid if they have to take leave because their class is quarantined, they have Covid, or their family gets sick.

We demand better for our students, our teachers, and our community. The decisions that you are making will not only impact those in your building, but our entire community. 

While we respect this is a difficult decision for schools across the nation, Comal ISD’s lack of concern for teacher and parent input and communication is disturbing.  We need to make the right decision for our community together as each of our decisions affects the others. We need to rise together and do what is right for our community.

We urge you to sign this petition and give a voice to the teachers, staff and students that are unable to speak up for themselves. 

 

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