Excuse Absence or Shut down LUSD schools to prevent COVID-19 spreading

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Excuse Absence or Shut down LUSD schools to prevent COVID-19 spreading

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Pavan NS started this petition to Board President David Pombo - Lammersville Unified School District


We all know COVID19 or Corona Virus is widespread in California and state Governor has already declared emergency. This puts our Kids, school teachers & officials at risk of contracting the virus on a daily basis. 

Most of the companies, Universities in Bay Area have asked employees & students to stay home for the next 2 weeks hopefully reducing the virus spread while leveraging virtual work environments, e-learning, online learning mechanisms to continue education.

State Emergency : https://www.gov.ca.gov/2020/03/04/governor-newsom-declares-state-of-emergency-to-help-state-prepare-for-broader-spread-of-covid-19/

As per news and details floating around, kids are least vulnerable, however they can be good commuters of the virus taking it to the families where we have old parents (Older people and people of all ages with severe underlying health conditions — like heart disease, lung disease and diabetes, for example — seem to be at higher risk of developing serious COVID-19 illness - Ref CDC Guideline here - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/index.html )

As a precautionary measure to prevent the possibility of spread of COVID-19 among our children, families and community, we should request school authorities to excuse absence , allow e-learning/ virtual classrooms or shutdown schools till conditions improve and we defeat the virus.

To protect our families and community, we should not wait until somebody gets exposed in our schools, we should request School District & Board to take decision at earliest.

Please help signing the petition, we can protect community Together.

Closing schools would not be the permanent solution, but can act as a precautionary measure and it will certainly help to minimize the risk.

So as a solution to avoid any impact on kids academics, our request is to close schools (until we get control over situation) , switch to e-learning  and allow excused absence for the immediate future to prevent the spread of the virus.

Good news is that LUSD already has a e-teaching/learning platform that is currently being leveraged for kids from 6th grade onwards. Expanding the platform for kids from 2nd grade should be doable and a great alternative to avoid school gatherings.

Example - Google and Microsoft : Helping businesses and schools stay connected in response to Coronavirus 

https://cloud.google.com/blog/products/g-suite/helping-businesses-and-schools-stay-connected-in-response-to-coronavirus

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