Onalaska Students Deserve to be Heard

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As Onalaska students, we are concerned about the recent deviation from the Harvard model and the ramifications that returning to in-person school will have on our wellbeing and education.

We, as students of the Onalaska High School community, are asking the administration to continue its guided and informed approach and:

1) Explain why the administration is now neglecting to follow the Harvard Model that has been used to guide us thus far and provide its reasoning behind implementing a hybrid schedule, including what data and/or model is currently being used to support this finding.

2) Clarify why we are ignoring the 3 key indicators: 7 day case rate per 100k, 7 day positive test ratio, and trend. As outlined in a letter sent to families on September 15, 2020, Superintendent Antony stated, "When the [La Crosse] County Risk Level exceeds 25 new cases per day per 100,000 people in a seven day rolling average, it is determined that the congregating of students at school is detrimental to the overall health and safety of the community." Current La Crosse County new case levels are currently at 29 per 100,000 people -- steadily in the red, yet we will be returning to in-person instruction shortly. 

3) Listen to student and teacher input to create a model that follows the agreed upon community guidelines and takes into account the mental, social, and physical wellbeing of students, staff, and teachers. This includes assessing the impact on well-being of having 8 hours of online synchronous education.

4) Explain the logistical plan for the layout of the high school to ensure social distancing. This includes the spaces outside of classrooms like the library, bathrooms, hallways, entrances, exits, lockers, and elevators given that in-person classes are scheduled in classrooms on multiple floors. 

5) Provide the policy for when a student, faculty or staff member tests positive for COVID-19 and what procedures would immediately be implemented.

The administration's decision affects not just students, but also teachers, staff, their families and the community at large. It is up to students to speak up and make our voices and concerns heard. Please sign this petition if you are concerned about the decision to resume in-person classes or want to have any of the points above addressed in greater detail.