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Petition to Nanyang Technological University (NTU)
(NTU) - Viewing of results before deciding to S/U
As of 31st March 2020, NUS, SMU and SIT allow their students to view their final grades for the module before making a decision to opt for Pass/Fail (Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory). Whereas for NTU, students have to make the same decision before they receive their grades. This petition is a request to allow NTU students to view their grades for this semester before making the decision for the S/U option. As much as we're thankful for this S/U option, we feel that being able to view our results first would ease the uncertainty that we have, given this COVID-19 situation where there are already many uncertainties (e.g students being unable to secure jobs/interns with the falling economy, fear of catching the virus etc). I believe it would gives students one less thing to worry about/having dilemma over. Furthermore, having the ability to view grades before making a decision would give students a higher motivation to continue working hard for the rest of the semester (given that it is already Week 11). Right now, with this uncertainty, students are starting to slack off and are putting in minimal effort, which can be unacceptable in a group project setting where students are supposed to put in equal efforts. Therefore, NTU should take action to be in line with other Universities (at least just for this semester). Thank you.
Petition to Dr. Bernard J. DuBray, Fort Zumwalt School District
Make the final exams the deciding factor!
The current pandemic has left a lot of students to be doing work at home instead of physically at school and is forced to do entire semesters worth of school work that would be normally be distributed among students that would be able to work together physically and learn better. Unfortunately, most students can no longer do that. An alarming amount of students have reported that they have felt overwhelmed with the number of assignments they are required to do a day. Having used to having the assignment split up among 6-7 hours now seeing them all at once. While this problem has been looked at, it hasn´t been completely solved. Lots of students that we´re once at least C students are now failing. I believe the proper solution is to make the final exam decide if they pass or fail the class. If they pass the final exam with 70% or more then they pass the class. I feel this is fair to students while still challenging them and measuring their educated knowledge.
Petition to Gary R. Herbert, Jordan District, Granite district, alpine district, UEA
Teachers, Students, and Staff are NOT Expendable
Summary Governor Herbert, educators and parents of Utah need you. Parents, teachers, and students want schools to reopen full time, but need it done in a way that balances safety with education. We deserve safe schools. Parents should not have to choose between their child's physical health and their mental health in the upcoming school year, nor should teachers. Governor Herbert needs to accept responsibility for safe schools through clear directive. All plans must include necessary safety precautions including enforced masking, appropriate flow of clean air through school HVAC systems, reasonable attempts at social distancing. All plans must be approved by an independent panel of epidemiologists, infectious disease specialists, and doctors who have treated this virus in both children and adults. Allocate necessary funding to schools to accomplish required safety precautions in plans. ------------ Why Governor Herbert needs to give a clear directive, as no other entity is willing to accept responsibility for the safety of our schools. School boards are afraid of the legal ramifications and parental backlash of making the decisions that best protect our teachers, staff, students, and their families. Board members across the state have said they will only follow direct orders by Governor Herbert. Relying on the current direction from the state, specifically Governor Herbert, it is left open to local interpretation (17:30). The Department of Health and Utah’s leadership is pushing the choice back to these local boards and no one wants to hold the responsibility when it’s not a mandate. They need this backing from the states. The economy relies on a stable education system. Economy and health are directly correlated. We can best support Utah’s economy by creating safe and stable schools. We’re counting on a school system that the economy will have confidence in. Plans must include necessary safety precautions. Added 7/31/2020 No "modified quarantine" for students. We understand that teachers are hard to come by. We understand that teachers will be exposed to COVID in the classroom. We understand that teachers are essential employees. Students are NOT essential employees. To label children as such puts teachers in danger, because children are often asymptomatic and spread COVID very efficiently. There should be no such thing as "modified quarantine" If students are too high-risk to eat in a restaurant or go to a mall, they should not be in an unventilated room within six feet of other students and teachers for 7 hours a day. Enforced masking. Masks limit exposure to COVID 19, but only when everyone wears them. Despite our mandates, school districts are planning a soft enforcement (see timeline). You need to ensure that students are wearing masks in schools to protect others. N95 masks must be provided at the district’s expense for every teacher, every day that they have a student with a medical mask exemption in their class. Teachers are much more vulnerable to complications due to COVID-19 and you need to show them that they are not expendable to the state of Utah. Clean Air Flow. HVAC systems are known to spread COVID. Schools intentionally have no open windows or doors for security, which further restricts air flow. This document is recommended by the CDC for workplace compliance. All schools should be CDC compliant prior to opening for public use. Distancing: Teachers and students want schools to be open. They want a safe option. While a blended option may be good for some families, for many, full time school is necessary. This is why the first two precautions (masking and air flow) are of utmost importance. Physical distancing should be a top goal in all areas of the school. While protecting those in school full time is the highest priority, a blended or online option to reduce bodies in the classroom may be appropriate for families who choose to accommodate a blended schedule. Parents and educators deserve this choice. As school boards across the state of Utah are making their reopening plans, important voices are being left out of the decision — epidemiologists, infectious disease specialists, medical professionals who are treating cases, and researchers who are studying COVID-19. With these items implemented, Governor Herbert needs to require district plans be approved by an independent panel of specialists to ensure student and teacher safety. With these requirements comes a need for additional funding to help put these policies in place. Utah needs to allocate funds to put these changes in place in all schools, without putting additional financial burden on teachers, parents, and districts. Every student's life is valuable. They all deserve an equitable opportunity and a quality education. Every teacher deserves to be safe in their classroom, breathe clean air, and teach without fear. This is an important decision vital to the safety of our state as schools penetrate all of our communities. An investment in properly reopening schools can have a huge impact on limiting viral spread, which can save lives, keep more people safe, and support our economy. As Utahns, we don’t shy away from these challenges or sacrifices — we can work together to provide our children the education they deserve as safely as possible. Governor Herbert needs to lead us and require the school boards work with experts and be held accountable for making the safe choices for schools in the state of Utah. ------------ Timeline: School boards across the state of Utah this week began releasing their plans the week of July 6th for the return to school in August. Among most districts, there was a common thread: No mask enforcement in schools and full class sizes for 4-5 days a week, making social distancing impossible. (Jordan district, Davis district, Granite district, Canyons district, Alpine district, Murray district, Provo District. Weber and Nebo district have masks, but 5 day per week instruction, no social distancing). According to the CDC, this is the highest-risk scenario for the return to school this fall. Infectious disease and COVID experts were not invited to give input at these meetings, and the board relied entirely on Governor Herbert's instructions, put together with the State Board of Education, which contained minimal safety precautions. June 25, 2020: Governor Herbert signs S.B. 5003, granting governmental immunity from suit due to COVID infections in government buildings, including schools. Governor Herbert mandated masks throughout Salt Lake County on June 25, 2020. All of the board meetings that set a policy of "recommended but not required masking in school" took place after the county mask mandate (Davis and Utah County do not have a county mask mandate). Board members in all districts mentioned they were aware of the county mandate and still chose not to enforce mask wearing in schools. June 26, 2020: Governor Herbert, one day after signing a bill of immunity for COVID transmission, sends the Planning Requirements and Recommendations for K-12 School Reopening document to school boards, with minimal safety requirements for students and teachers. Jordan School Board: When questioned about the mask mandate not being enforced in schools, Bryce Dunford, president of Jordan School Board, stated, "We were given instructions by the governor that we were to require masks on the bus, but not deny anyone a ride who didn't have a mask." "If a student is not wearing a mask, they won't be denied an education" (July 7, 2020 6:51). Jordan School Board: Darrell Robinson, also on the Jordan School Board, said, "Right now, Salt Lake County, has a - you should wear a mask - but it's a soft enforcement, so we would kind of mirror a similar - a similar policy in our schools." (July 7, 2020 6:30) Governor Herbert made a state-wide mask mandate for K-12 schools on July 9, 2020. However, there's no reason to believe that mask wearing will be enforced in any schools due to the fact that a county order was already in place at the time of the boards' decisions. Governor Herbert needs to tell school boards that mask wearing must be enforced in schools, due to the extended time students will be in an enclosed space. On July 10, 2020, a group of medical administrators and infectious disease physicians held a press conference to discuss the current spread of COVID in Utah, and the importance of masks and social distancing to curb the spread. At this conference, Dr. Arlen Jarrett, Chief Medical Officer of Steward Health Care said, “I would certainly hope and expect that the schools will take... if we do reconvene students in the classroom, that they would be able to have the resources, the tools at their fingertips, to socially distance and to do the things we are asking people to do right now. I know it’s difficult for children to wear masks, to stay apart from each other, that will always be a challenge, but we can do our best and make our efforts, be guided by what we know about how this disease is spread. We know children can get and spread this disease.” (30:16) Dr. Miller, Chief Medical Officer at the University of Utah, added, "Also to protect our teachers". July 16, 2020: Governor Herbert went live and two important things came out of it. First, "Common sense for those with disabilities, that may make it awkward or difficult for them to wear a mask. Deaf, hard of hearing examples. Again, we would encourage our teachers to wear clear face shields because people, the students need to see their facial expressions. Again if you’re a deaf, being able to read lips…” It is important the governor know that the CDC does not recommend face shields as a measure to protect others. The governor in this quote is advocating for a method that will enable teachers of special needs students to use a face shield rather than a mask to interact with their students, enabling the teacher to spread respiratory droplets in these classrooms. Clear masks would be a much better alternative, and would follow science better for classrooms where lip reading is necessary. The CDC does recommend face masks as a measure to protect the wearer, but not all districts are providing them for teachers. The governor needs to read the CDC recommendations regarding face masks and make sure every teacher has one to protect him/herself, and wears a mask to protect his/her students. Second, “As you all know, right now, the state of Utah is virtually all in green, mostly in yellow. The exception to that is in Salt Lake City, which is in orange. We are going to make a modification to orange guidelines to accommodate Salt Lake City School District and those schools which are found inside the Salt Lake City limits. So that they also can open up, and have every opportunity that the other districts and other schools in Salt Lake county have by virtue of being in yellow. So that modification will in fact allow them, and hopefully our capital city, we would hope, over the next few days, few weeks, will be able to move from orange to yellow.”(20:45) This shows that the governor has no regard for the spread of COVID-19 through Salt Lake County, as he thinks that schools are somehow disconnected from the greater community. This shows that the "color code" is really arbitrary, not based on data, infection rate, or anything else, and the #1 goal is to cram kids into schools in just a few short weeks, with COVID cases soaring across the state. July 17, 2020 News broke that the White House, and Centers for Public Integrity, have Utah listed as a "red zone" for COVID-19, as our infection rates are higher than 100 cases per capita. This directly contradicts Gov. Herbert's claim that most of the state is yellow or green, as the federal government considers us red. Also July 17, 2020 the Governor's list of mask exemptions was published in local news. Students with any kind of medical, mental, or other random inability to wear masks is cause for exemption. This directly contradicts the governor's mandate for masking, as it will be very easy for parents to claim some sort of (real or imagined) mask exemption for their child. The state needs to provide an N95 mask, per this petition, for every teacher with a mask exempt student in their classroom, every day the child is in school. Teachers must be protected from students not wearing masks, whether the exemption is real or imagined. July 30, 2020 - Modified Quarantine document released - This document states that children exposed to COVID are considered essential workers and can not go to the mall, to the grocery store, to the movies, because they are quarantined and at risk of exposing others. They can, however, attend school. Teachers are also considered essential and can continue to work in a confined, unventilated space around 30+ children until they show symptoms. Read the document here. No other states have implemented a "modified quarantine". Because it is a terrible idea. August 6, 2020 - Modified Quarantine removed from schools document You can read the updated document here. Students will be required to quarantine as normal when exposed to COVID. The CDC recommends social distancing, staggered schedules, and rotating between smaller class sizes to minimize the spread within schools. They also have recommendations on HVAC for workplace compliance. Due to difficulties Utah already had managing class size, the document Governor Herbert provided to all school districts did not address class size at all. In fact, it recommends face coverings when students are within 6 feet of one another (meaning all the time, with the size of Utah's classrooms and number of students). Face coverings are not required (only recommended) and there are no guidelines to accommodate a safe social distance between students. Despite recommendations from both the CDC and healthcare experts within Utah, this has not been mentioned in any of the above-mentioned districts' reopening plans.
West Valley City, UT, United States
Petition to Parents, Teachers, Guides, Coaches and Mentors
Know a child before deciding his future!
A conversation: Satya( 9th grade student): Mom, its my Drama competition in school. I will be late to come back. Mom: OK, but don't miss your Maths tuition!Satya: Fine maa, Bye!! Lunch time:Satya's Father: Where is Satya?Mom: He has a drama competition, so he is practicing for that.Dad: How many times should I tell him to stop all this nonsense, next year is 10th board. He needs to concentrate on his percentage. With 60-70% he cannot do anything in this world. And maths, he is a big zero in that! You know that right?Still you allowed him..aaahh I don't want this to happen next time.Mom: OK Satya wins the Drama competition. Satya: Dad I got first prize in inter school Drama competitionDad: How many marks you got in Maths?Satya: 56Dad: Do you still think I should congratulate you? I take so much pains to educate you, and you want not to study but eager to do "Nautanki"(drama). After this you are not participating in any of these stuffs. Concentrate on studies. I know you are very smart, with a bit of practice and hard work you can get 90% in board.Satya: Dad, but i love acting.Dad: Don't behave like a fool. There is no career security in that. Look at your uncle's son, he has done engineering and now settled in Mumbai. You too will become an engineer and fulfill my dream, my son!Satya: Ok papa. 9th results declared, Satya got 60 marks in maths and 67% as aggregate. Dad: What is this? I feel ashamed when my friend's discuss about their children's performance!Satya: I told you dad, I cannot do maths.Dad: What do you mean by that? Practice makes a man perfect.Satya: I studied for 6-7 hours regularly, but not able to make it.Dad: Stop giving excuses, do better next year. This year Satya promises himself to make his father proud and studies 7 hrs regularly. He quit his Love of Acting, meeting friends and isolated himself. 10th results declared, Satya got 76% and 65 in maths Dad: Again you did the same Satya. You don't care of your parent's hardwork and dreams(Satya's heart breaks to a thousand pieces)Satya: I'm sorry dad. But I'm scared of maths. I've got good marks in social science. My teacher told me that I will do good if I opt for arts in 11th standard.Dad: ARTS!! Are you mad? My son will study arts? No child, there is no future in that. take Science.Satya: Why papa?Dad: Because you can take arts after 12th if you take science now, but not the other way! You should keep all doors open. And with this, thousands of artists, sociologists, economists, actors, singers, dancers DIE in our country! If we really wish to become a super power, we need scientists, engineers, doctors. But if all the students start opting for the same, it will result into saturation. We are killing talents, which are indeed needed to be nurtured, polished and presented in-front of the whole world. In India, we often talk of security. In 21st century, only Talent is Security! This generation needs our guidance, not decisions! Being a parent gives you a responsibility to always check that you are not imposing your decision without knowing your child deeply. If you do not know the courses and career opportunities available in the market,it doesn't mean they don't exist. Please take help of a mentor, preferably a career counselor so that you reduce the risks of getting into a wrong career in which your child would have to work for his whole life, unwillingly! Let us all try to help the budding talents to find the right direction. Because, with Right person at Right place at Right time only, we can become a super power.
Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Donald Trump
PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS POLITICIANS SHOULD HAVE THE SAME HEALTHCARE THEY ARE DECIDING ON
… petition for ALL POLITICIANS....YEP THE PRESIDENT AS WELL!!!! So I feel if you are DECIDING how the…
Dionne Deppe Emanuel
Cedar Rapids, IA, United States
Petition to Delta Air Lines
Tell Delta Airlines To STOP Their Discriminating Service Dog Policy
…. Deciding that a type of breed is dangerous sets a horribly discriminatory precedent. Tell Delta Airlines to STOP discrimination NOW. …
Lexa Van Hel Blu
San Francisco, CA, United States
Petition to HR&CE minister Tamilnadu, HR&CE commissioner, Chief Minister of Tamilnadu
Tamil Nadu CM : Don’t Melt Temple Gold:# Temple Jewels not government property
… authority. It is a well settled position in law that approving authority cannot be the deciding authority … without the trustee itself is illegal and deciding to melt the gold without the trustee is much bigger…
S KARTHIK GOPINATH
Petition to Goleta City Hall
We need your help to save our beloved Benson. Benson is a happy go lucky dog that loves people and unfortunately was involved in an altercation with 2 other dogs. The owner of the other dogs involved want to see Benson euthanized. Benson still has so much to live for and learn and we want to see Benson in a loving home where he deserves to be. Benson was adopted out through DAWG in Goleta, there he was assessed by professionals to assure his healthy mental state. Benson is not a threat to anyone! Benson does not deserve this fate for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Our hope is to gain enough signatures to show the Goleta City Hall that Benson has our support and we want to see the decision to euthanize him repealed. Please help and sign! Thank you for all the support! Find Benson and his feline friends on Instagram @benny_andthecats for more info! UPDATES: (any changes to the original petition will be logged here for the sake of transparency) __________________ 12/27 - added Bensons Instagram info
Calabasas, CA, United States
Petition to Theresa May
Keep Murad in the UK
… murdered by the Taliban in front of a young Murad. Deciding that it was not safe for him to stay in…
Norwich, ENG, United Kingdom
Petition to UK Parliament
An end to headteachers deciding a family cannot go on their holiday!
Calling for an end, to the banning of hard working parents, from taking their children on short family holidays! Parents are being put in an absolutely terrible position. Either take their children out of school without authorisation, and risk the fines, or don't go on holiday at all, as you cannot afford school holiday breaks! Absolutely disgraceful, and discriminate rule, that is being enforced across England, not the United Kingdom, ENGLAND?!
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