Three Village School District Hybrid Model and Remote Virtual Learning Model

Three Village School District Hybrid Model and Remote Virtual Learning Model

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Susan Swinkin started this petition to TV School District Cheryl Pedisich

We,  the concerned citizens and parents of the Three Village School District submit this email urging a reconsideration of the 2020-2021 school re-opening plan as presented.  In its current state this plan represents legitimate risk to our children, our families, educational staff and the broader community at large. 

An extensive body of scientific evidence supports two essential plan modifications: 1) Mandatory, not “encouraged” mask-wearing at all times 2) Alternating daily or weekly schedule to reduce population density 3) A virtual-learning option for all families

*Mandatory mask wearing: The science is abundantly clear - rigorous use of masks(even non-medical grade)  is directly correlated with substantial improvement in community heath.   The CDC formally recommends everyone wear a mask, particularly where social distancing is difficult.  Given the overwhelming weight of scientific and epidemiological evidence, it is both risky and negligent to “encourage,” and not mandate mask wearing. There is simply no practical way to ensure a 6-foot perimeter around students and staff in the conduct of classroom business. Asking everyone to stay masked will reduce the risk of the infected unknowingly spreading Covid-19 to others. 

*Reduce population density: This recommended change flows from the concern highlighted in the section above, namely a 6- foot perimeter will be impossible to maintain given standard classroom size. Assuming 20 children and 1 teacher in a class, a minimum of 720 square feet is required to adhere to social distancing guidelines – assuming no one moves one inch in any direction.  An alternate-day or alternate weekly schedule halving the number of students in building at any given time would permit easier adherence to social distancing guidelines. Understandably, this modification is far more complex  - with greater potential impact on student learning -  than mandatory mask wearing.  Still, given the imminent danger of broad community spread, this approach merits serious consideration.  Parents will clearly need to take a more active role in our children’s education than we normally would, but we are ready and willing to do our part.


*Virtual learning:  Mandating mask wearing and implementing alternate-day scheduling will not sufficiently mitigate danger for at-risk families. While the current policy provides home-schooling for asthmatic or immunocompromised students, it makes no provisions for their siblings, essentially recreating the danger home-schooling proports to avoid.  A similar threat exists in those households with high-risk parents who now potentially face exposure via their children.  We do not yet know how this virus affects healthy people in the long term so they should be permitted remote instruction as well. We are not requesting the district invest in a complete e-learning curriculum and toolset, but that existing resources be reallocated to record lessons and make them available over the internet. 

No change needs to be forever.  Should Covid-19 # continue to fall faster than projected, the community can revisit policy in the 2nd quarter.

Given the level of uncertainly in the current environment, acting with an abundance of caution is far more prudent than waiting for an outbreak before implementing more stringent measures. 

Evidence continues to mount that: a) children can and do get seriously ill from Covid-19 b) children are effective spreaders of Covid-19 c) Covid-19 infection may cause lasting damage to brain, lungs and heart.  This is (hopefully) a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic, but one that does, unfortunately, necessitate once-in-a-lifetime action.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover-guidance.html

 

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