Open Mayfield Schools for Fall of 2020

Open Mayfield Schools for Fall of 2020

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Nadia Kobal started this petition to Superintendent Kelly and

We, the parents of Mayfield school children, urge you to reject the Cuyahoga County Board of Health’s recommendation that our classrooms remain physically closed at the beginning of the fall semester. That recommendation ignores the overwhelming, scientific evidence that reopening schools does not increase the spread of the novel coronavirus among children or adults. The recommendation also disregards the overwhelming evidence that children learn less when schools are physically closed, while being at greater risk of abuse, depression, and suicide. Finally, the recommendation just lumps together all Cuyahoga County communities and school districts. We need to do what is right for Mayfield School District.

You and the staff of the district spent much time and energy formulating an in person education plan and a virtual education plan. The emails were wonderfully detailed and creative. You created schedules that achieve social distancing. You created new cleaning protocols and procedures to impede the indoor spread of viruses. You gave parents an option to do what is best for their children and family circumstances. This includes working parents, parents with multiple children in the home, and parents of children with special needs. Overnight based on one recommendation at the County level, you took that away.

The American Academy of Pediatrics and the CDC both recommend children should be in school. According to the AAP, there is already evidence of harm to children from the school shutdowns last spring. Time away from school causes social isolation and makes it harder for schools to identify young victims of physical abuse, substance abuse, and depression. The director of the CDC recently told Congress that online learning is associated with an increase in adolescent drug use and suicide. Moreover, there is strong evidence that online learning is less effective than in-person learning, introducing achievement gaps that may be difficult to close later.

And there is overwhelming, evidence that the virus does not present a significant health danger to students or adults. Data collected and research done so far shows this. The AAP states this in their recommendations. Europe has shown this- schools have been open and doing well so far.

This movement started among parents of children with special needs and the fear that their kids will suffer again learning at home. But there are numerous parents of all children in the district who want their choice for education given back. If the district can allow the OHSAA to dictate how sports will continue and supercede the recommendations of the County BOH, then why can't the district continue with the in person education option and go over the County's recommendation? This is showing children, parents and taxpayers of the city that sports are more important than education. And taxpaying citizens are extremely important for education.

Finally, our children want to see their classmates and teachers again. They looked forward to this all summer. In the district survey, Dr. Kelly, you stated that 85% of parents wanted the in person education option. No numbers have been posted about what the teachers and support staff want. But we hear they want to see their students and be with their kids. As parents, we know we are taking a risk of a child coming home ill and the after effects of that, but overall the benefits of an in person education option outweigh the risks. 

We urge you to override this County BOH recommendation and do what is best for Mayfield students and families and the city. Please allow the in person education option again to those who feel it is the right choice for their family. 

Thank you,

Mayfield School Parents

 

 

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