Save Our Young Learners—Reopen Our Schools

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Liam Martin
1 month ago
I am signing because i am sick of my kids suffering and us suffering we need to go back

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Douglas Sheehan
Mar 11, 2021
Teachers and all school workers across the country need to be vaccinated and then schools need to open fully!

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Lou Smith
Mar 10, 2021
I encourage anyone who has signed this petition to join this group - https://www.facebook.com/groups/somasrs/

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Danielle St. laurent
Feb 22, 2021
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Amanda Cercone
Feb 22, 2021
My children are suffering. The physical and emotional toll this pandemic has taken on our family is an understatement. My 4th grader is suffering emotionally and academically and is extremely frustrated with learning over the computer. His IEP is not being fulfilled and the constant changes and disruptions in services are causing a regression. My K child, while doing well academically, struggles with making connections with friends. She was so happy those 3 days she got in-person (her in-person days were disrupted by holidays, snow days, and union issues) and is now struggling with staring at a screen once again. Before the pandemic, it was recommended that children cut back on screen time due to the distrubing physical and emotional effects, yet now we are engaging our children in more and more screen time. It's time to start looking at the facts and stop making excuses. The entire school population should not be suffering over a few "deplorable" classrooms, which have been an issues long before the pandemic. We are not the only district in the state or the country with old buildings, but other districts have figured it out. OPEN THE SCHOOLS.

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Philip Suraci
Feb 21, 2021
I agree with the science. The vaccine works. Get all teachers and staff vaccinated now so that we may open all of our schools truly safely. The kids have sacrificed enough. Rather than advocate and fundraise, working from the safety of your homes, why not work to get the vaccine into the arms of those who you profess to care so much about? Vaccinate the teachers now and our children will go back to school. Why not advocate for that?

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Allison Gunzburg
Feb 21, 2021
My 8th grade daughter needs to return to in person learning at SOMS ASAP! I am a physician and have been safely working in my office since May 2020 w appropriate masks and precautions. Teachers and students should return to in person learning and do the same. To do otherwise is a detriment to the mental, emotional and social well being of our children. There is no rational justification for the schools to remain closed as MANY other schools and districts have managed to open safely to educate the children in person. It is becoming a disgrace and embarrassing that our district cannot reopen and serve the needs of our community. Respectfully submitted.

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Anne Fernald
Dec 13, 2020
I am an educator and I believe there are safe ways to do hybrid education. I see my children flagging and sad and I know that the youngest and most vulnerable suffer the most.

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Lulu French
Dec 10, 2020
I believe the schools can reopen safely. My kindergartener with special needs requires an in person experience to make any progress both socially and academically.

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Tiffany Scott
Dec 10, 2020
Cases of Covid-19 in students are largely driven by children contracting the virus outside of school ( at home, playdates, unmasked sports teams). In school transmission of Covid between students and teachers is low when masks and social distancing is in place. Children are experiencing anxiety, depression, and learning deficits that may affect them their entire lives. Please make an scientifically informed/data driven decision