Full Time School In The Fall

Full Time School In The Fall

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Rebecca Thoune started this petition to Department of Education and

I have been praying and holding on to hope that our kids will go back to school. As I watch my 10 year old push through this school year, my heart feels heavy. I have so many unanswered questions and there is a tremendous amount of uncertainty looming around every corner. A whole year taken from them. My heart hurts for our children. I cling to my faith to get me through these rough days. My husband stays home with our daughter while I go to work. I’m forever grateful for him and to him and to all the parents who are doing the best they can right now. He’s trying to work and give her the attention she needs, but it’s close to impossible to divide his attention and give 100% of himself to both work and our child. It’s not her fault or his. She doesn’t have another sibling or friend to keep her company, so she’s basically on her own. I can’t help but think about those in different circumstances that rely on school to provide what their home doesn’t. Safety, security, meals, education, attention, love and self worth. The list goes on. I am grateful that we do in fact have a stable home, but doesn’t mean this has been a walk in the park. We deal with melt downs, anxiety, anger and a roller coaster of emotions that are far more intense than they used to be. Then, to my surprise I heard that they may do hybrid in the Fall. Couldn’t believe it. The next school year seems so far away, but it will be here before you know it and where will we be? I am hoping not here.

Student suicides are surging. Teachers’ unions are facing national disgrace for their reluctance to return to in-person instruction. And schools are already making noise about staying closed until 2022. Research from around the world has, since the beginning of the pandemic, indicated that people under 18, and especially younger kids, are less susceptible to infection, less likely to experience severe symptoms, and far less likely to be hospitalized or die. 

I am very grateful for the teachers working hard to help the kids as much as they can and I want you to know that. However, I am concerned with the future ramifications of the choices the teachers union and governor have made in regards to our children. These kids need to be in school, they need it for their emotional and mental health. If we are aware of the damage being done,why aren’t we doing anything about it? If the teachers are vaccinated, there is no excuse for them not to be back in school, especially in the Fall. 

I did not start this petition for any other reason but love. It is about the amount of love that I have for my children that I feel they deserve better. Our. kids. deserve. better. Sports, school, education, social interaction, routine, structure and stability has been stripped from them and their world has been turned upside down. Caution tape around playgrounds, no school, isolation, restrictions on socializing,  not allowing them to play sports and not allowing them to be kids. Need I say more?  This is not okay. They don’t deserve this. 

I can only endure watching my child struggle and cry because she can’t go to school for so long. She feels like she isn’t learning anything and struggles to embrace this harsh reality. It breaks my heart to hear about suicide, parents losing their children, kids not showing up, feeling discouraged, depressed, slipping through the cracks, giving up. Why aren’t they talking about that? Why aren’t we addressing what affect this is having on our kids? Sure, hybrid is better than what they are doing, but it’s not enough.  Whether it be elementary, high school or college, they all deserve to live a better life than this. I think it is safe to say the majority of kids can’t fully grasp this reality and don’t have the mental capacity or ability to cope with all of this let alone fend for themselves. So tell me-Who is advocating for the kids? Who will push to get them what they deserve? We need to speak up and help these kids get back into school, back into summer camps, sports, activities and give them what they deserve.

I sit here powerless to the chaos going on around me. It’s a helpless feeling. If this is the only thing I can do to try and make a difference, then I will do it. Not for me, but for the children. I’m hoping there is no truth to this, but if there is we need to get in front of this. Hybrid in the Fall? No thank you. I just can’t accept that. You shouldn’t either. That’s not good enough. We can do better. 

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