The White Plains CSD Board of Education unveiled its reopening plan for a hybrid learning model at the start of the 20/21 school year. The plan was built around the principle of "Assess, Adapt, and Adjust". After 6 weeks of implementation and numerous conversations with administrators, it is clear there is no path for further reopening.
This puts our children at a severe disadvantage in several ways:
Inability to cover the full curriculum - given the plan's structure, it only allows for 40-50% of what should be covered in any given year
The quality of our children's education is suffering with only 2 days in class and limited interaction with teachers the other 3 virtual days (60%). Furthermore, parents do not have the required tools and guidance to adequately supplement/support classroom instruction
The lack of in-person social interaction (with teachers and classmates) is detrimental to our children's social-emotional development (which is critical at the elementary level)
Now is the time for the White Plains BOE to step-up and fulfill its commitment to our children. We urge the district to finish the reopening efforts IN PARTNERSHIP with parents. The district has the resources to do this in a manner that keeps health and safety as a top priority.
Please support this petition in two ways:
1. Sign the petition – urging the White Plains BOE to fully reopen to 5 days per week of in-class learning.
2. Attend the White Plains BOE meeting on November 9th at 7:30pm at the Education House to make your voice heard.
Let’s push the BOE to follow through on its core principle of adapting and adjusting. Finish the reopening to fully phase-in 5 days per week of in-class learning. Other districts and private schools are proving this can work.
Our children deserve more.