Petition to keep PAUSD schools open

Petition to keep PAUSD schools open

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Aleeza Ghani started this petition to Palo Alto Unified School District

I am a teen who attends one of palo alto’s public high schools. Recently there has been misinformation around corona virus, as well as people suggesting that schools be shut down. I, as well as many others, do not support this idea. Please sign so that PAUSD knows that not everyone supports this. “I too have kids in public school, and I strongly oppose this petition. First, it misstates the dangers of COVID-19 aka the current coronavirus. Although the petition states that the coronavirus "causes lung and kidney damage for the survivors for a whole life" that is patently false. Rather, the vast majority (81%) of people who catch covid-19 have only minor illnesses. Among children (unlike many illnesses), an even larger percentage of infected experience only very mild cases. And even, among severe cases and critical cases, very few of those cases experience lifelong damage. That's just not true. Second, rescheduling the school schedule in such a severe way in order to *prevent* an outbreak places an undue strain on teachers' schedules and is not allowed under their negotiated contracts. If there were an actual emergency, that would be different. But there is no reason to believe that children are particularly vulnerable to this illness when all evidence points to the contrary. Third, people who want to pull their kids from school are welcome to do so. In fact, if there is belief that the kids were exposed to the virus, they are required to keep them home. Fourth, public school students just had a 5-day weekend and now they are about to have another 4-day weekend. Soon spring break will come. They already have such little school this month and last that these schedule changes are unnecessary. Last - and perhaps most importantly - all of the medical advice has been consistent about how to contain the spread of covid-19: the most important thing to do is wash hands regularly. Personally, I think that kids should be given more time to go to the restroom and wash hands between classes. From what I understand, the vast majority of dangers can be eliminated by allowing more hand-washing time, which can be done with one simple step: eliminating tardy marks to class if the students were washing hands. Why not propose that instead?“ - Rebecca E, Nextdoor member

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