Stop the St. Mary’s Spread

Stop the St. Mary’s Spread

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Emily Nelson started this petition to St. Mary's Public School District

It is essential that as a county we wait before sending our children back to school. St. Mary’s County still has hundreds of covid cases and if we go back it will get worse. Going to school is important we all know that, and while it is true that there are issues we will face at home, the possibility of our county being overwhelmed with cases and hundreds falling ill and dying is much worse. Our county is not equipped to handle a large localized outbreak of covid. We have one hospital and a few smaller clinics, that is not enough. It would be extremely irresponsible to risk overloading our county with cases during times such as these.

We must also consider what going back will mean for families. While it is true that children are less likely to die, that’s certainly not a risk we should be willing to take. Plus by opening up schools we completely overlook the fact that children live with other people. Reports say being at home is bad for children’s mental health, but I’m pretty sure losing a grandparent or a parent or even a sibling because that family member was at risk will be much more damaging.

This virus has been politicized and has splintered our country to an even greater degree, as a county we must avoid falling victim to such a childish and petty mentality. Sign this petition to show that you support the future of this county and the safety of the vulnerable people who live here. The best way to make the virus go away is by being safe, not pretending it isn’t an issue. I know times are hard, and I wish everything could go back to normal, but we must be as safe as possible or else things will get worse. I will end by saying that I want to thank the teachers of this county who put in the work to make sure that safe education from home is possible.

Here is an article that shows what we are at risk for:

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.businessinsider.com/photos-show-school-reopenings-coronavirus-outbreaks-2020-8%3famp

 

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