Delay the opening of schools in Martin County, Florida

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I have written a very heartfelt and honest email to the Martin County School Board members and Superintendent Laurie Gaylord. Unfortunately, not one of the people responsible for the decision to have students return to school on August 10th has emailed me back or given me any indication that they have even read the letter. I am attaching the email below in hopes that the general public will show their support, give their signature, and provide just a little bit of hope to a school teacher terrifyingly marching full speed ahead. 

“Good afternoon,

I am a teacher at Martin County High School. I CANNOT wait to meet my students and teach them this year. I miss them so much. However, I do not think it is a good idea to do this while we are not ready. I do not feel like we are doing anything to limit the virus at this time, and any steps taken seem to be cosmetic only. 

I do not want a school shut down. I fear that is where we are headed. I am certain, along with other teachers, that I am going to be exposed to COVID. My parents are senior citizens, and my dad is a cancer survivor. I plan on seeing them next week before school begins. I will not see them again until our COVID cases are below 5%, or our brick and mortar schools get shutdown due to an unfortunately predictable outbreak. 

I know you got into this job for great reasons. I have no doubt in my mind that you are a good person. Please, I implore you, for the sake of the students, your teachers, and my parents, PLEASE do the right thing and delay school openings or switch to virtual schools. 

Thank you very much for your time,

Scott Cooper“

The hope is to, at bare minimum, delay the opening of schools to August 25th.