Protect Our Children

Protect Our Children

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Cynthia Swan started this petition to Governor Charlie Baker and

We the undersigned, respectfully call upon Governor Charlie Baker and Commissioner Jeffrey Riley of Massachusetts to reconsider and relinquish their proposal to reopen the schools to full in house learning this April. Reopening schools at this time near the end of the academic year as well as in the midst of a new variant of COVID 19 would be reckless and irresponsible.  A national report was released just today confirming that the premature lifting of State precautions is the cause of the current spike in cases. Springfield Public Schools is the second largest school district in the Commonwealth with a population of nearly 90% Black and Brown students whose families have disproportionately been the most impacted by this deadly virus. I lost my mother, other relatives and many friends to this virus, along with recovering from contracting the virus myself in recent weeks.  There are many families like ours that continue to suffer mentally and emotionally. The priority is not to return to the schoolhouse, or a building, when we know education can be delivered safely within the confines of our homes as we continue as a nation to slow/stop the spread and eradicate this virus from the world.  We would also like to note that there are students, who are flourishing under the current strategies of remote and hybrid learning.  Some students are better students without certain distractions and some teachers are better teachers without certain distractions.  Although the effects of the virus and the losses we continue to suffer are devastating, it has served as the catalyst for substantive change for the better.  Please lend your voice to this effort to "Protect Our Children", by signing this petition and sharing it on your social media platforms. 

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