Hello ACSD Parents, I currently have two children that are in the Arlington School system, one is a second grader and one is a fourth grader. They both attend Vail Farm Elementary school. As we have all experienced since the start of the pandemic, ACSD has been unable to offer us consistency in our children’s education. Some say this is due to the interim superintendent, teacher’s union, or poor leadership.
Whatever the case may be we need to unite as parents to have a stronger voice. One that cannot be ignored like our emails, calls, and letters. Personally I have sent numerous emails and have never received a response from Dr. Licopoli or our BOE. It has become common for them to ignore parent requests in a time when there is minimal face to face interaction. I decided to start this petition when ACSD was returning from Winter Break and had not communicated any upcoming changes. Our FB pages are understandably filled with messages from frustrated parents who are looking for action. Unfortunately those methods do not reach the decision makers.
My request is for ACSD to offer alternating Mon-Wed in person class offerings. Maroon will attend Mon-Wed one week, the following week Gray will attend Wed-Fri, this will repeat until another change is available. In addition, live streaming for the groups that are alternating remote days. I also believe that the district should make individual school closures versus district wide closures based on CDC guidelines and current test rates.
The new plan is a logistical nightmare for most parents. While we are anxious to get our students back into our beloved buildings; the idea of 5 half days is not an option. Another challenge being, one student receiving five days of education, and the other only receiving four days. The topic of Wednesday instruction has been an ongoing question for us. Other school districts near and far are providing live instruction on Wednesdays, yet ACSD continues to use this time for professional development. At the end of the day we are tax payers, we are the parents of the students that fill the Arlington buildings and walk their hallways. Please sign this petition if you agree to the suggested schedule above.
I understand there will be different opinions. All of us have different setups at home, different childcare support, different schedules and this may not work for everyone. We are all frustrated with the current pandemic please let’s continue to use kind and supportive words toward one another. Thank you for your time.