Make VDH guidance regarding Covid to public schools immediately available to the public.

Make VDH guidance regarding Covid to public schools immediately available to the public.

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Kathryn Brown started this petition to Governor Ralph S. Northam

Parents, students, teachers, administrators, and the general public deserve to know what guidance the Virginia Department of Health has issued to public school districts regarding Covid-19.  

At some point early in the week of November 22, 2020 the Virginia Department of Health advised some schools in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia to return to a virtual model.  Rockbridge County Schools released a statement on Monday, November 23, 2020 that they had received this guidance and would follow the recommendation.  An article published by WHSV-3 dated November 23, 2020 said that Harrisonburg City Public Schools and Rockingham County Schools had been given the same advice.  At least one private school located in the Staunton, Augusta, Waynesboro Area also received the same guidance from the Central Shenandoah Health District.  It stands to reason that other schools and districts in the Shenandoah Valley also received that guidance.  However, that information is not public and the schools in our area have not made any announcements about changing to a virtual model.  

It should be noted that the Thanksgiving holiday fell during the week of November 22, 2020.  However, at the time that I am writing this petition, it has been 6 days since the guidance was issued and the general public cannot access the guidance that was given and definitively determine who was given this guidance.  This information should have been made public at the same time it was given to the school districts.  I have called the Central Shenandoah Health District to inquire which schools were given this guidance and have not yet received a response.  

Parents, students, teachers, and school employees deserve to have all available information regarding public health and safety so that they can make sound decisions to protect their health and safety.  Despite the holiday, parents in our area will be sending their children to school on Monday morning without having access to transparent information.  Please sign this petition to ask Governor Ralph Northam to immediately make public any guidance issued to public schools regarding Covid-19 by the Virginia Department of Health and to also release specifically which schools and districts received that guidance.  

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