Awareness of the Impact of Virtual School on Students & Working Parents Trying to Survive

Awareness of the Impact of Virtual School on Students & Working Parents Trying to Survive

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Carrie Davis started this petition to Jessamine County School Superintendent Matt Moore

Tonight a decision was rendered by our Superintendent with an Executive Order.  Our School Board voted 3 to 2 for In Person School, but was overruled by an executive order by Matt Moore, with very limited feedback and input from the students and families who will ultimately be impacted by the decision.  Is COVID-19 a real concern? Yes it is and no one is arguing that.  Is our children’s education, or lack there of, in a new virtual environment where parents are called upon to facilitate learning they weren’t trained for a bigger concern?  In my opinion, YES! What about social isolation?  Do we know the long term ramifications and negative impact on children whose only safe place was school, who have lost that safe haven?  What about single parents, who are now trying to ensure their children are educated while providing for their basic needs, with a full time job?  What does this look like for them?  What about families who can pay for tutors or start home school groups to ensure their children continue to advance, as opposed to those who can’t?  Doesn’t this just make the divide between those who have and those who don’t, even greater?  If we postpone for two weeks, where do we go next?  

What I find most interesting is that the vast majority of families chose to go back to school in person.  They have seen first hand the negative impacts all the uncertainty and isolation have had on kids. Our school board chose in person classrooms, but our Superintendent just made a decision that flies in the face of what pediatricians and child psychiatrists are recommending.  I do not think this petition will overturn the decision of our Superintendent. However, I want our voices to be heard.  I’m tired.  I’m tired of doing all the things as many of you are. This is NOT a decision that should be taken lightly and without parent input.  We shared our voices as a majority and our Superintendent with his executive order shut down our  decision and voice. I chose the picture above from the Jessamine County Schools’ website, because these children are our future and who we are impacting in this decision. 
Board members Adams and Scrivner voted to start school with NTI, while Welch, Day and Hood voted for return to in person classrooms.

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