Open schools in Renfrew County

Open schools in Renfrew County

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Jessica fay started this petition to John Yakabuski and

I am writing you today with concerns of the recent announcement by Premier FORD regarding prolonged school closure. Day after day parents and teachers alike wait for the premier’s daily press briefing to see what the next day or week will hold and many of us are left scrambling with a moments notice. We as parents should be able to confidently guide our children through life and provide stability , however this is being robbed of us by your governments indecisive and last minute decision making. We are living in a pandemic and will continue to be living with a pandemic for some time so we need to find a long term solution and I would have thought by now , 10 months later, we would have been much further ahead.
There are two things we know for sure, firstly- at ANY TIME a pandemic is both INEVITABLE and unpredictable. We are AWARE of this pandemic and have been doing very well in Renfrew County to follow the health advisories from local and global health authorities. The second thing that is evident is that School boards, staff and faculty within the County have done such a wonderful job to keep everyone safe by following procedures that we have had minimal cases in schools. In fact even the cases that were in schools were isolated immediately and did not cause an outbreak. This leads me to the next point I would like to address.
We know how to live with the Virus and do our best efforts to contain it that has been PROVEN. What we do not know, is how to live with not knowing what is happening with our schedules and our children’s schedules on a week to week basis. Teachers are left scrambling to switch to online teaching, some of them with school age children of their own. Parents having to find accommodations for their children and also are being tasked with teaching from home while working from home. The amount of stress put on everyone, parents teachers and students is unacceptable.

We now have a better understanding of the effects of the pandemic and I do believe Renfrew County as a community can continue to remain vigilant. I certainly worry about the long lasting and damaging effects the school closures will have on our children. Adults have an easier time adjusting to the chaos, but this instability could result in long term psychological issues in our children, during what is such a crucial time for their development. Again the effects of this are unknown but they are PREVENTABLE ! Please OPEN SCHOOLS and give parents the choice as to whether they send their children for in person learning or opt for the online learning. We have earned that right by fighting hard through this pandemic!
I always say it takes a village to raise a child, and in this case I feel the residents and teachers of RENFREW COUNTY have been doing a fine job to keep our children safe while ensuring they receive a proper education!

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