Request to Keep Yarmouth High School's Hybrid System Until the 2021-2022 School Year

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"On February 25, the Yarmouth School Committee formed a Task Force comprised of staff, parents, medical professionals, and a high school student. The group will be proposing a timeline and strategies for a return to full-time, in-person learning for Yarmouth's students (while maintaining the remote option for students who have been in that setting to date)." - Pandemic Instruction Task Force, February 25th

Since February 25th, the Pandemic Instruction Task Force (PITF) has held 3 meetings, with another planned for the first of April. Notes from past task force meetings can be accessed here, along with additional updates regarding Covid-19 within our county. 

 

While viewing notes from the PITF's third meeting on March 18th, two things stood out to me:

1. Regarding a survey sent to all high school students, "59% of respondents feel we should remain in the hybrid setting through the school year" (Page 2) 

2. On page 3, you can find a chart showing a regional comparison of the plans that other school districts in Cumberland County hope to achieve for the rest of the 2020-2021 school year. Said chart shows that 8 out of the 14 districts in Cumberland County have shown no signs of changing their hybrid system for the remaining few months of school.

 

As a student at Yarmouth High School, I urge our school to listen to the 59% of students who wish to complete this school year the way we've started it. Things have been working excellently for the high school, and I, as well as many other students, are failing to see why we should risk possible exposure just so we can return back to school quicker. 

While 92.5% of our staff here at YHS is reported to be fully vaccinated by May 1st, it's been reported that transmission rates among younger people are increased. Even if you are fully vaccinated, you can still be a carrier and pass the virus onto others, which could potentially put students, their families, and families of our staff in danger.

 

Thank you for reading, and stay safe.

With concern, an anonymous student from Yarmouth High School