Reinstate Face to Face Learning Option for Uniontown Area School District (5 days a week)

Reinstate Face to Face Learning Option for Uniontown Area School District (5 days a week)

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Melissa Schell started this petition to Dr. Charles Machesky and

The purpose of this petition is to regain our right to choose, as Parents and Tax Payers in the Uniontown Area School District in Uniontown, PA, to send our children to school utilizing the traditional classroom setting.

On 7/13/2020, the Uniontown School Board informed the residents of their district that we would have two options from which to choose for the beginning of the  2020-2021 school year.  The two options available were face to face learning and virtual learning.

On 8/03/2020, the Superintendent of UASD, Dr. Charles Machesky, arbitrarily made the decision to eliminate the face to face learning option completely following an unanimous vote by the school board members.

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 are now paying higher taxes than last year which now results in our children learning from home without an option for face to face learning.  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 and Tax Payers, petition to regain our choice of face to face learning for the 2020-2021 school year.

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