Reopen Stark County Catholic Schools

Reopen Stark County Catholic Schools

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Friends and Family of Stark County Catholic Schools started this petition to Dan Gravo

On Thursday, December 3rd, many Stark County Catholic families received the disappointing news that our schools would go remote for two weeks before Christmas break because of Stark County reaching a "purple" level. We would like to return to school and extracurricular activities on or before Monday, December 14th.

We believe that the alert system should be only ONE of the indicators you are using to determine whether schools should move to remote learning. Data continues to show that our schools are one of the SAFEST places for our students to be. Our schools have done a tremendous job of following recommendations of the Health Departments to keep COVID spread to a minimum. In each of our buildings students and staff are complying by wearing masks, keeping surfaces sanitized, contact tracing and quarantining when necessary.

Many families are making financial sacrifices to pay tuition for a Catholic education. We have concerns that the Catholic education they receive online is not in a quality manner and not by fault of the classroom teacher. Our children are not getting the same kind of instruction from videos or Zoom Meeting sessions than they would in the classroom and building community experience. We are paying for a service that we are not receiving.

We believe it is important for our students to have access to essential services like lunch, counseling and emotional wellness resources, and the safety a Catholic school environment provides to students.
We would like to bring attention to the fact that the Ohio Department of Education shared "Schools have done well throughout the reset and restart phase of returning to in-person settings, and there has been little documented spread of COVID-19 attributed directly to the classroom setting." In addition, The Stark County Department of Health is reporting through their contact tracing that there has been minimal spread of COVID-19 in schools. Furthermore, the OHSAA, in consultation with the Governor's Office has announced recently that sports will continue as scheduled.

Again, we are asking that we return to in-person learning and extracurricular activities on or before Monday, December 14th to ensure our Stark County Catholic students are getting the quality education that we pay for and that most of our Stark County Public School students are receiving.

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