Close SESD schools and adopt to online teaching to slow down COVID-19 community spread

Close SESD schools and adopt to online teaching to slow down COVID-19 community spread

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Niraj Patel started this petition to Sunnyvale School District Dr. Benjamin Picard and

The community transmission of COVID-19 has gained its momentum. The number of active infections increased to 43 cases (on 3/9) this morning. Most of the new cases seem to be community infections with no travel history or known contact tracing.

We all know how easy it is for viruses to spread through schools. In this case of COVID-19, children may be less vulnerable but they can definitely be the incumbent carriers of COVID-19. The virus incubation period is 14 days with 7 days as a median, so a carrier can infect other vulnerable members without knowing it. We all have parents and grandparents who are at high risk of losing their lives to this virus.

Although we haven’t seen the high number of cases specifically in Sunnyvale, it is only a matter of days as we have seen in other impacted states like Washington, Italy, HK, etc. 

Given that treatment therapies and vaccines are still under development, the best strategy should be to prevent the spread as long as possible. It will also help with better managing our community medical resources.

To get ahead of this, we request SESD to close its schools temporarily. We have seen many schools taking action after learning that someone is exposed. 

SESD has adopted the Google suite and google classrooms long ago. While we all agree Online classrooms are not an ideal way of teaching kids,  given the crisis we can try to adapt to this and see how it works. We can come up with alternate solutions for kids who may not have access to online teaching.  

Let's take action now rather than waiting until someone is exposed. And lets set an example of how we can beat this COVID-19 as a community. 

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