Return to Traditional School
Return to Traditional School
As of July 31, 2020, the Lauderdale County Board of Education decided to withdraw an option for either Traditional or Virtual learning for students in Lauderdale County School Systems, and subsequently replaced those options with only Virtual or Blended Learning options.
During these unprecedented times, parents have been forced to choose between the health and education for their school-aged children, as well as making many other sacrifices. Now, subsequent to the BOE's emergency meeting, parents are being forced to commit to virtual learning that is simply not feasible for the majority of families in this community. The virtual learning aspect is unattainable for many due to households where parents work full-time jobs, other households that have financial issues, lack of internet connectivity, lack of education or computer skills, or simply underprivileged families. Additionally, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) gave virtual learning from the initial school closure for March - May of 2020 a grade of "F". If parents are required to commit to virtual learning 3 days per week and traditional school is only available 2 days per week, where does the blame fall when students who are set up for failure with virtual settings fail their courses? When they fall behind? Can't connect to the internet? Students with disabilities? When a kindergartener loses their chromebook? And besides that, how will our children/students cope if/when a classmate or teacher gets sick and doesn't recover? Counseling from 6 feet away for 2 days per week maybe?
There are so many unanswered questions and variables for the situation at hand. Of course, health and safety are utmost priorities, and even though school-aged students are considered a less vulnerable class, they are only part of the equation. We cannot disregard the faculty and staff at schools, all of our families at home, nor those close to us with underlying conditions or compromised immune systems. No one has all the answers at this time, and obviously there is nothing set in stone as far as a plan for school, as things are changing constantly.
With that being said, this petition will be used as a tool to calculate those unopposed to closure of school in all formats until traditional school can be resumed safely for all, and those unopposed to setting the reopening date to after Labor Day Holiday (September 7, 2020), at which time the reopening plan will have been revisited and adjusted as necessary.
Parents and Guardians of Lauderdale County Students:
Please sign this petition if you agree with this proposal to dismiss the virtual/blended learning requirement scheduled to start August 24, 2020; Agree to postpone school opening date until after Labor Day 2020, and agree to resume TRADITIONAL school only at the earliest date to safely do so. Please share.