District 23 - Kids Education Matters!

District 23 - Kids Education Matters!

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Monika N started this petition to Prospect Heights School District 23 and

On July 8, the District 23 Back to School Blueprint was presented to the Board of Education and the community. The Back to School Blueprint provided parents the choice of in person and remote learning.

On July 30, the District 23 community was informed that our schools would begin 'Remote Learning' on August 19, 2020.  This decision was made despite that parents have selected prior their school choices and the greater majority wanted face to face as an option.

Our community consists of  majority middle class, dual income households. The district's decision has created disappointment and for many challenges and is in direct contradiction with the wishes of our community.  

In addition, School District 23 provides services for children with special needs. The decision to close the schools, leaves the families with special needs children in a disadvantageous position. Depriving special needs children of these in school services will set them back in their development and educational progress.

Our kids matter and their education matters. We cannot use this pandemic as an excuse.The CDC, American Academy of Pediatrics and WHO all recommend in person learning with proper planning to mitigate the risks. 

The CDC under the heading "Why it is important to open schools for in-person instruction" sites the following.  "Schools play a critical role in the well-being of communities."  "Teachers are able to more actively participate in student learning, provide feedback as students encounter challenges, and promote active learning among students." "When schools are closed to in-person instruction, disparities in educational outcomes could become wider, as some families may not have capacity to fully participate in distance learning."  

I understand that teachers may feel at risk and would be putting their health on the line. But, at the same time they go to the grocery store where retail workers have been putting their health at risk since day one. Nurses, doctors, police, janitors, and retail workers all have been putting their health on the line for all of us which includes educators.

For the past several weeks, kids have been attending summer camp and it has been working out. Kids wear a facemask because they know that there is no other option if they want to have a good time. Some parents and teachers are concerned that kids won’t wear them and that’s understandable. We have to insure that our kids know the importance of it. As Dr. Don Angelaccio presented in his meeting (7/8), parents didn’t think kids would wear a seatbelt, but here we are today kids aare wearing seatbelts. There has to be a solution and it should not wait until the district re-evaluates in September. It needs to be re-evaluated now.

Therefore the District 23 parent community insists that their majority stance of restoring in-person instruction for the 2020-2021 school year be granted immediately in order to avoid undue hardship on the students and families of District 23.

The Concerned parents of District 23

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