Cancel the 2020-2021 school year SOLs

Cancel the 2020-2021 school year SOLs

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Rebecca Waters started this petition to Virginia Department of Education and

As of writing this petition, the state of Virginia has between 317,123 (confirmed) and 382,679 (probable) COVID-19 cases, and between 4,646 (confirmed) and 5,275 (probable) COVID-19 deaths.

The SOL tests are still scheduled to occur this school year. Due to the unprecedented situation, there is not adequate technology to administer these tests online, and it has been mandated that these tests be taken within school buildings.

In Spotsylvania County alone, one county of 95, there have been 50 employees either confirmed to have COVID-19, or confirmed to have come into contact with COVID-19. There has been no word on how many students have been told to isolate themselves as a result of coming into contact with the virus. These numbers emerge even with proper social distancing implemented, and a smaller number of students in the school than there would normally be.

Forcing students to attend school en masse to take SOL tests would be a death sentence.

While the students directly may not be most at risk, students live with parents and grandparents, who may work with or otherwise come into contact with at risk individuals. Teachers are at risk as well; many teachers are older and are unable to combat the virus as well as younger ones would be able to. A Virginia Beach teacher died as a result of contracting COVID-19, less than one week ago. She will not be the last victim. Bringing more students into the school would only increase the odds of death.

SOL tests were waived during the 2019-2020 school year, during a time of turmoil and uncertainty. Colleges will not require these tests to be on the record of students. There is no reason why the same cannot be done this year, and why SOL tests should be taken this year. It is a physical danger to all individuals- teachers, students, parents, grandparents, coworkers- and to attempt to pretend that this is a normal school year and tests that dictate college choices should be taken as they normally would is nothing short of cruelty.

For the sake of all individuals in the state of Virginia, cancel the 2020-2021 school year SOLs.

 

 

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