Shift our San Mateo County Schools to ONLINE classes due to coronavirus

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Shift our San Mateo County Schools to ONLINE classes due to coronavirus

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David Yang started this petition to San Mateo Union High School District Superintendent Kevin Skelly and

No matter your stance on the idea of online classes, we believe, as a Association of over 5000 parents, teachers, and students, that Students SHOULD NOT fear reprimand to protect their own SAFETY and HEALTH, from ANY district. 

The students of the County of San Mateo do not feel comfortable attending classes due to the outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus. Until proper precautions have been taken to ensure the wellbeing of the students, such as changing the fundamental idea of a crowded, humid locker room and stuffy classes where students must be shoulder to shoulder, San Mateo students want their classes switched to Online Classes.

There are people at schools with a compromised immune system who might easily, and unfortunately, fall victim to this contagious virus. Elderly teachers, students with compromised immune systems, and teachers who are forced to be in class with sick students: all to keep student grades up. We do not want to risk our lives by attending class.

This is a coalition of concerned Parents, Teachers, and Students, who feel that the inaction of our County: schools all over from Redwood City to San Mateo, is deplorable - some of it is ignorance; but we cannot deny the truth; that while children are not impacted they could be asymptomatic carriers compromising those who are vulnerable (eventually stressing out the healthcare system).

Declared a Pandemic by the World Health Organization, if we close schools when we find the "first case", according to Yale University Sociologist and Physician, Nicholas Christakis,"If you wait for the case to occur [in your school], you still have wound up closing the school, but now you've missed the opportunity to have the real benefit that would have accrued had you closed the school earlier".

As San Mateo's Health Officer releases an official statement, he states that " School closings present a particularly vexing social distancing dilemma but may be necessary to protect public health. Once school closings occur, they may be extensive and extended. Social distancing—staying at least 6 feet away from all other people—should be attempted where possible."

It's completely possible to move to Online Classes. Sign the petition now for Safer Schools, Safer Health, and Safer Students.

https://www.npr.org/2020/03/11/814438424/when-should-schools-close-for-coronavirus

 

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This petition made change with 5,900 supporters!