School is Still Unsafe for Your Children, Families, and Teachers!

School is Still Unsafe for Your Children, Families, and Teachers!

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Yuko Frost started this petition to FCPS School Board Member Karen Keys-Gamarra and

Fairfax County Public Schools is encouraging families to send their children to school in August. This is too soon. The dangers that forced school closures are far worse today than when COVID-19 became a threat to us all in March. 

The health of our teachers, our children, their families, and the community should not be gambled away in the name of a hurried and misplaced return to 'normalcy.' Instead, an improved and better supported virtual education is the best way to ensure the health of our community. 

As members of the FCPS community, we demand:

1) The continuation of distance learning for the entire student body until an effective vaccine becomes available, as the Fairfax Education Association has urged.

2) That the distance learning model is as rigorous as on-site education and encourages compliance and participation by being made mandatory, not optional as it was this past semester. 

3) That local government provide support for childcare as necessary for families who are financially unable to provide supervision for their children during school hours.

All of us want to return to life as it was at the beginning of 2020. We want to go back to work and we want to send our children back to school. But we cannot do that safely when the United States is in the midst of the worst pandemic in a century.

Our schools are an essential service. Our teachers an essential resource. But our schools and our teachers cannot be used for childcare or healthcare. Educational facilities and teachers are not equipped to provide that kind of support for our community in the middle of a pandemic.

As concerned members of the FCPS community, we believe a continuation of a full, robust, and accountable distance education program is the only responsible way to ensure the health and safety of our children, families, teachers and the community.

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