Get Student Voices Heard!!!

Get Student Voices Heard!!!

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In March of 2020, our country faced a once in a generation crisis, COVID 19. As a country, we decided the best way to address this crisis was to stay in and stay safe in order to stop the spread and preserve health. On March 6th, it will be one year since DPS students have received in person instruction. As a result, a new crisis has arisen. Our district is facing a mental health and academic crisis. We need prompt and swift action to address this crisis and preserve the health and lives of a generation of students. We, the students of this district, should be centered in this return to learn plan.
Our Concerns
•As we have watched the Board of Education and the district Administration interactions through meetings, we are concerned that academic achievement and student mental health are not being centered in the discussions. In addition to adjusting to remote school, there have been additional stressors placed on us during this time:
Inability to safely socialize with our friends
Additional home responsibilities with caring for siblings
•Working additional hours, as employers are taking advantage of the condensed school day
Course load and pacing guidelines that have not been adjusted to virtual learning. We feel crushed under the weight.
•Talks of bonuses for staff and admin, while we are steadily declining mentally and academically.
•Students who generally do well academically are now failing, de-motivated, or not working to their full potential. And the achievement gap continues to widen.
Our Path Forward
While we understand there are many obstacles to safely returning to school, we would like to see several things happening immediately:
Course load and pacing standards adjusted to a virtual environment. It is a strong consensus among students and parents that this current pace is not sustainable
Mental health supports becoming a priority. In a New York Times article detailing an uptick of suicides in Las Vegas among students, their school district put software on ipads to monitor early signs of crisis. This is just one example of an early intervention support. However, we need a comprehensive and widespread response. We do not want to lose ourselves or our friends to this crisis
A re-examination on timelines to safely return to in person learning
Board meetings focused on solutions and not in fighting. This is not helping us.
We want to move forward together – students, teachers, administration, staff, the board and our community. 

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