In-Person School for All Our Children, Right Now!

In-Person School for All Our Children, Right Now!

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Stephanie Reneau started this petition to North East Independent School District

As parents, we strive to give our children all the tools they need to succeed in life. The foundation of that success lies in a strong education. We believe our children are failing while sitting in front of a computer, isolated and disengaged. In-person learning is paramount for the well-being, education, and social structure of our children. The American Academy of Pediatrics states, “The importance of in-person learning is well documented, and there is already evidence of the negative impacts on children because of school closures in the spring of 2020”.  We promised our children an education and we elected a board to oversee that. We rely on the NEISD Board of Trustees to advocate for the education and mental wellness of our children. Well, our children are suffering! Not from Covid-19, but from the lack of interaction with their peers and their teachers.  Learning is so much more than a one-dimensional computer screen.  Body language, hand gestures, emotions shown by a person’s face and touch are all vital to understanding and retaining knowledge for all learners regardless of age or intellectual ability.  That cannot happen behind a glitchy computer screen and a mask. We are seeing our children lose heart, becoming frustrated and discouraged day after day.  We urge you to put all political biases aside and do what is best for our children. “Virtual” school is stripping the joy of learning from our children.  Viruses and illnesses will come and go, but we cannot stop living our lives and concede to them.  Life is fraught with inherent dangers but cowering in our homes in fear indefinitely is not an acceptable solution. What are we teaching our children by letting fear shut us down?  Humans are by nature a social creature and need contact and interaction with others.  We need NEISD to put our children first and open the doors to our schools for all of the children now, not in phases.  We ask that NEISD provide the education our children need and have been promised. The NEISD Board of Trustees has the power to bring the smiles back to our children’s faces and a yearning for knowledge back to their minds. 

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