HELP CONCORDIA PARISH SCHOOLS OPEN TRADITIONALLY! LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD!

HELP CONCORDIA PARISH SCHOOLS OPEN TRADITIONALLY! LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD!

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Kris Tiffee Geoghegan started this petition to Louisiana Department of Education

CONCORDIA PARISH SCHOOL BOARD VOTED TO IMPLEMENT THE HYBRID LEARNING METHOD DESPITE THE PUBLIC OUTCRY OF MANY PARISH RESIDENTS WHO WANTED TO OPEN TRADITIONALLY (FACE TO FACE).
This means: child will
-your child or children will only attend actual school 2 days a week
-if you don't have cell signal or significant WiFi, the board said parents must drive their child to the school parking lot to download the assignments onto their Chrome books. So, I can only assume if they have a question during their "virtual day", they have to wait until they get back to school to learn how to do the lesson.
-your child's "meals" for Friday and Monday will be sent home with the kids Thursday if your child is in the Tuesday/Thursday class.
(and since they are sending these meals home...parents will NOT be issued P-EBT cards...just food for thought)
-Working parents will have to hire tutors or sitters or both.

PLEASE share and educate yourself on the LOUISIANA STATE SCHOOL GUIDELINES FOR REOPENING to which our School Board is SUPPOSED to use to reopen our schools.
Please note the State Superintendent Dr. Cade Brumley's statement: "this is NOT a one size fits all approach"...in addition,
It was stated during the Zoom Concordia Parish school board meeting last night that Phase 2 required less than 250 people in a school building. That is NOT true. That 250 number is reflected in the Governor's Phase 2 State Proclamation - PROCLAMATION NUMBER 83 JBE 2020 https://gov.louisiana.gov/index.cfm/newsroom/home?si=11 referring to placing a limit of 250 people for the size of indoor public gatherings.
You will see in these state school reopening guidelines School Phase 2 is 25/PER GROUP PLUS ADULTS.
Click the link below and read it for yourselves.
https://www.louisianabelieves.com/docs/default-source/strong-start-2020/school-reopening-guidelines-and-resources.pdf?sfvrsn=c10e981f_20

I tried to represent the community of Monterey in the school board meeting last night to the best of my ability. I am thankful for all the calls, emails, and messages of appreciation/support. I am thankful to reside in a community that cares so deeply about each other, support our OUTSTANDING TEACHERS and the education of our children. We work hard as a community to make sure our children excel in their education endeavors, and that does not make us "whining and complaining parents" as we have been called by certain school board members. WE ARE PARENTS INVESTED IN OUR CHILDREN'S SCHOOL AND THE EDUCATION THEY RECEIVE.

Again, let me reiterate, Concordia Parish, it's neighboring parishes, and Adams County (Natchez, MS) has LESS THAN 1% of COVID cases. This is NOT a substantial health threat, especially with the mitigation factors that are placed in the reopening guidelines. These are the facts, and they are irrefutable. Many scientific studies recently published confirm that children are not even vectors (transmitters) of the Corona Virus. The American Academy of Pediatrics strongly advocates that all policy considerations for the coming school year should start with a goal of having students physically present in school. https://services.aap.org/en/pages/2019-novel-coronavirus-covid-19-infections/clinical-guidance/covid-19-planning-considerations-return-to-in-person-education-in-schools/

The Governor sign House Bill (Act 9) into law July 8, 2020
LIABILITY/PUBLIC: Provides relative to limitations of liability for public and private school districts and post secondary institutions during a declared state of emergency or a public health emergency (Item #40)

Bottom line:
-if there is not a significant health threat
-there is no liability issues for the school, teachers, administration, and students
-the kids and teachers will be just as much exposed two days a week as 5 days a week
-there are mitigation factors in place for sanitation, hand washing, social distancing, etc.
-neighboring parishes are reopening traditionally (face to face)
-OUR kids will be further behind than they already are now and they will suffer from isolation/ virtual learning issues

WHY DID the Concordia Parish School Board Superintendent Whest Shirley RECOMMEND the Hybrid Learning Method?

Why did the following board members vote for it?
1A Fred T. Butcher 220 Martin Luther King Ferriday, LA 71334
PHONE NUMBER: 318-757-2300
1B Dorothy M. Parker PO Box 113 Clayton, LA 71326
PHONE NUMBER: 318-757-6470
2 Raymond T. Riley, Sr. P.O. Box 243 Vidalia, LA 71373
PHONE NUMBER: 318-336-8070
4A Derrick D. Carson, 116 Elmwood Dr, PO Box 1106, Ferriday, LA 71334
PHONE NUMBER: 318-623-0390
5A Warren Enterkin, 182 Enterkin Road, Ferriday, LA 71334
PHONE NUMBER: 318-757-4738

Let me be clear, the Concordia Parish School Board refused to even offer parish residents the OPTION of the traditional learning method when they sent out the surveys. They ONLY offered Hybrid or Virtual. Many schools across the state offered their parents the option of Traditional or Virtual, and our Parish officials could have done the same.
If you DO NOT agree with the boards decision, PLEASE contact your school board representatives, state school board superintendent, state representatives, senators, news media.

DR. CADE BRUMLEY
LOUISIANA STATE SUPERINTENDENT
OF EDUCATION
Call the call center at 1-877-453-2721: The Louisiana Department of Education call center is staffed with representatives who are prepared to take your question or concern and route it to the appropriate office within the agency. Callers may provide either an email address or a phone number for a follow up conversation, and should expect a response from the appropriate office within 48 hours.

5th BESE District
Ms. Ashley Ellis
P. O. Box 94064, Capitol Station
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064
225.342.5840 (Office)
225.342.5843 (Fax)
Ashley.Ellis@la.gov

State Representative
C. Travis Johnson
200 Advocate Row
Suite D
Vidalia, LA 71373
Phone: (225) 308-4269
Fax: (318) 336-9268
hse021@legis.la.gov

Senator Glen Womack
District - 32
District Office
119 Pine Street
Suite B
Harrisonburg, LA 71340
District Phone
(318) 744-0005
Fax
(318) 744-0007
E-mail Address
sen32@legis.la.gov

Senator Katrina R. Jackson
District - 34
District Office
4106 DeSiard St.
Monroe, LA 71203-4526
District Phone
(318) 343-2877
Fax
(318) 343-2879
E-mail Address
jacksonk@legis.la.gov

Natchez Democrat
https://www.natchezdemocrat.com/services/letters-to-editor/

Concordia SentinelSentinal
https://www.hannapub.com/site/forms/online_services/letter/

FOX News Channel
Phone 888-369-4762


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