Reinstate Full-Time Face to Face Learning Option for Edmond Public Schools

Reinstate Full-Time Face to Face Learning Option for Edmond Public Schools

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Dustin Smith started this petition to Edmond Board of Education President Judy Pendergraft and

The purpose of this petition is to reinstate our right to choose, as parents and tax payers in Edmond, OK, to send our children back to school on a full time daily basis utilizing the traditional face-to-face classroom setting. 

Currently, Edmond Public Schools are utilizing an A/B schedule model with students only receiving two days per week of in class instruction, with the other 3 days being virtual learning. Parents were allowed to the option for 100% virtual for those wanting to not attend a classroom setting, but there was no option given for those parents wanting their children to attend on a traditional daily schedule. 

In statements issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), "the AAP strongly advocates that all policy considerations for the coming school year should start with a goal of having students physically present in school." The AAP also states "the importance of in-person learning is well-documented, and there is already evidence of the negative impacts on children because of school closures in the spring of 2020." They continue, "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." Finally the AAP when discussing in-person vs virtual learning noted "for children and adolescents in virtual learning models, educational disparities may widen further. According to the Pew Research Center, 1 in 5 teenagers are not able to complete schoolwork at home." 

We strongly believe that not offering a full-time, in-person classroom learning option for students is detrimental to our children's educational experience. It will hinder their development not only academically, but emotionally and mentally as well. For these reasons, we the parents of Edmond Public School children petition to at least have the option of daily face-to-face learning for the 2020-2021 school year. 

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