Petition to St. Roberts for Virtual Learning and Video Option

Petition to St. Roberts for Virtual Learning and Video Option

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Michael Daly started this petition to St. Robert Bellarmine Leadership

It has been communicated by leadership at St. Robert Bellarmine School that virtual remote learning and video instruction will not be offered in the Fall to safeguard against the COVID-19 Pandemic.  Several other Catholic and public schools in the Omaha area are offering very organized remote learning options for the well being and safety of their students and staff.  The virtual remote learning option offers more flexibility for parents and families to make decisions when a positive case happens and hits close to home.  We, as concerned parents of St. Robert Bellarmine School and Parish, respect the decision of SRB to re-open the school building and understand that the Red, Yellow, and Green Light system can be an effective tool to guide everyone in being safe.  However, in these times, there is a great deal of unpredictability on how this unseen virus can be highly contagious among all groups of people.  When one person becomes positive, it sets off a chain reaction of significant proportion.  Thus, if there are no policies and procedures in place for virtual remote learning, then the learning for the children of SRB will have many gaps in overall education outcomes.  We are advocating for multiple options to help our children learn at high and synchronized levels.

There are many large families that attend SRB that are quite active throughout the Omaha area.  In a Green situation, the need to quarantine multiple kids in a family will happen.  If these children do not have the option to attend virtual remote learning, then they will be behind when they get back to the classroom.  This cycle is likely to happen many times throughout the school year.  Children that are sick or quarantined should have the same advantage as the students that are sitting in the classroom.  The students at SRB should not be penalized for being innocent to a virus that is rampant throughout our country.  We don't understand how the virtual remote learning or taped class video option is being offered by other Catholic Grade Schools and High Schools without privacy concerns, but is a major concern of SRB leadership.  It appears that the privacy concerns of the SRB staff are more important than the education of the SRB students.  

We, as concerned parents of SRB school, feel we pay enough tuition to be warranted this virtual remote learning option.  It is quite unfair for parents to be charged high tuition costs when the parents become the primary teachers, which was the case last Spring.  This was indicated by several parents in the post-school survey.  Currently, many parents are ready, willing, and advocating for change to occur amidst this unpredictable and ever-changing time period.  Many families want this necessary virtual remote learning option.  Moreover, St. Roberts is proud to be a Blue Ribbon Award recipient and that recognition should be consistent with the evolving needs of its students and their families.

Therefore, would you be in agreement that St. Robert Bellarmine School should offer virtual remote learning and/or video instruction by Zoom, Flipgird, and any other e-learning means when a COVID-19 positive case is identified in your household or quarantine is necessary for your children?  Several Catholic and Public Grade Schools have now decided to offer remote and video learning due to the parents' concerns.  We feel if it's not offered, that families should request a significant reduction in tuition.  Parents should never be faced with the idea of having to leave our school to receive the advantages and safety of these options.

We are all hopeful and confident that the St. Robert Bellarmine leadership will take this appeal into serious consideration and provide us with some alternative options for remote learning and/or taped video classes for children that are absent for prolonged periods to help keep all individuals safe and healthy.  

 

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