Petition to counseling and student support services, Paula Wallace, Savannah College of Art and Design
Improve mental heath at SCAD
The Savannah College of Art & Design has been struck by tragedy yet again. Within the first quarter of the 2018-2019 academic year, three student deaths have been reported. While any loss is utterly tragic, the fact that two of these cases were ruled as suicides makes the situation even more dire. We are a school of artists and creatively-minded individuals and many of us have suffered from or currently suffer from some form of mental health issue. Yet, we have very few options to treat these issues. Our on-campus counseling services are sorely lacking in both the number of available counselors and the types of counseling they provide. Due to these issues students are either faced with waiting two weeks, or more likely upwards of a month, to have a session with a SCAD counselor. That, or they are forced to find privatized counseling that they often cannot afford. Also, for those who have experienced forms of sexual assault, whether on campus or in the surrounding city, there is no specific support system available to the victims other than generalized counseling services that often do not have the specific skills necessary to treat victims. It is obvious that changes are necessary in this flawed system. While SCAD does offer better mental health services than some college campuses, we would like for some changes to be made. The first change is that SCAD counseling more actively engages with it's students outside of Bradley Hall, the designated counseling building, by making counselors available for group therapy sessions at designated major buildings during midterms and finals weeks. Secondly, we ask that SCAD provides a mandatory assembly among each grade level on an annual basis that informs students of the signs of mental health decline and suicide risk and what to do, or what services are available to them, if they notice these signs in themselves or their peers. Thirdly, we hope that SCAD will hire more counselors, some being specifically trained in sexual assault, so as to decrease the wait time for students to make appointments and allow students with every kind of issue to be addressed. Finally, and most importantly, we ask SCAD to review and amend it's very strict absence policy. While we understand the well-intended, and in some cases necessary, four-absence-per-course policy it has a drastically negative affect on students who are currently suffering from a mental health decline. The change we would like to be made is that if students can either provide written recognition of their mental health decline from a licensed therapist with the guarantee that they will continue treatment or agree to undergo a series of mandatory counseling sessions with SCAD counseling, these individuals be given a 1-2 absence extension per class. With the absence policy looming over them, students feel the need to push past their suffering and attend class which only increases their stress and ultimately harms them more. This needs to change. We, the students of Savannah College of Art & Design, humbly ask for your consideration of these changes. Our student body is devastated at having lost so many peers and we cannot take another tragedy. Please, take the time to read over our requests and think of the benefit they will have on our community as a whole.
Petition to Woodland Joint Unified School District - Board of Trustees, City Council of Woodland
Will our children have a chance to go to a neighborhood school?
ProblemThere have been multiple amendments made to the Spring Lake Specific Plan which have eliminated key components of neighborhood access to schools for our children. As a community, we have invested heavily in our infrastructure to provide safe access through our greenbelts to neighborhood schools, parks, and commerce. With two of three planned school sites covered in homes, a new Research and Technology Park Specific Plan (draft) lacking any plans for a school(s), and a projected elementary age population of 1,400, we find our community at risk of losing the opportunity to have enough neighborhood schools.Attachment 1 - Planned School Sites map Attachment 2 - Student and new school projections SolutionThis petition asks that our School Board of Trustees work with the City Council of Woodland to ensure the necessary allocation of land to meet the needs of the elementary school children in our community (both the Spring Lake and Tech Park Specific Plans) at completion.
Petition to Colby-Sawyer College
Make Colby-Sawyer College Admit Failure and Apologize to Supragya Rijal
ProblemColby-Sawyer College has become a corrupt institution. We can no longer trust our senior staff to ensure our student’s safety, inclusivity, or civil liberties. Colby-Sawyer has prided itself on being an inclusive, diverse community for students of all races, ethnicities, creeds, gender, sexual orientation, abilities and ages, yet corruption has plagued this campus on an institutional level. Racism has surfaced and has affected the student body in numerous, dangerous ways.SolutionColby-Sawyer College must accept responsibility for the pains and perjury that the institution has so wrongfully subjected Supragya Rijal to. Colby-Sawyer College MUST: -Issue a public apology to Supragya Rijal and his family for the insensitive, wrongful, and racially motivated actions that were so heinously slapped onto his student records.-Pay for the pains and perjury that the institution has subjected Supragya Rijal to, to include: payment of all legal fees, reimbursement of all tuition costs, and payment for mental health services.-Fire the publicly and blatantly racist "safety officers" on the grounds of hate speech who have been found to not only have publicly disseminated racist, xenophobic discourse, but who have also fabricated and used anti-American statements against Supragya in official police reports.Personal story11/28/2018, 08:30 a.m.: a wake-up call turned into a nightmare. There is no easy way of describing the intense emotions one feels at 08:30 a.m. when there is chaotic pounding on a flimsy wooden door. Life doesn't prepare you to witness someone you truly care about getting cold metal handcuffs slapped around their wrists, and being forcefully pushed around a small room. Hundreds of questions thrown in the air, yet not a chance to catch just one. Barely awake and stumbling, Supragya Rijal was taken into custody by ICE wearing only a t-shirt, sweatpants, and sandals, on the 28th day of November, in the middle of a harsh winter storm. A coat was haphazardly flung onto him by his request. ICE is as cold as it sounds.Everything changed on the night of the 3rd of October, when Supragya Rijal was arrested for a felony b charge of criminal threatening- a false, fabricated, and racially tinged accusation that had no preponderance of evidence: "Prior to my arrest, I was having dinner with a white student on campus. I was trying to have some conversation with him and we ended up talking mostly about hunting. I was telling him about how my grandfather used to hunt back in Nepal. The student somehow misinterpreted the whole conversation and got the idea that I was planning a mass shooting and reported it to the Campus Safety. After receiving the complaint from that student, the Campus Safety officer without even questioning me once reported the case straight to the NLPD and added a completely false and fabricated statement saying that “I’ve seen him intoxicated and spouting off things about America and that he hated white people”. The NLPD found no weapons or any such evidence in my apartment. However, I was dragged by the NLPD with loaded guns at midnight, stripped searched, subjected to a body cavity check, and locked up in the county jail for two nights. Instead of acknowledging its mistakes and attempting to make things right, Colby-Sawyer College has expelled me."Supragya's VISA and SEVIS were ultimately terminated by Colby-Sawyer College, which meant that he was required to leave the country immediately. Supragya, having been released on bail due to personal recognizance, was unable to return to Nepal as one of his bail conditions was to stay in New Hampshire to await due process to take its course; it is projected that the criminal charges will be dropped due to a lack of evidence. 11/28/2018, 18:27- Supragya is in transit to Strafford County House of Corrections, where he will sit, alone and confused, traumatized for the second time, all because of Colby-Sawyer College's grave mistakes. We will no longer be silenced. Colby-Sawyer College MUST pay.Justice for Supragya.
Petition to Susan Collins (senate from Kentucky), World Health Organization, rebecca j cook, Tammy Duckworth, lauren underwoood, Bill Foster
Providing tampons and pads dispensers in girl’s bathrooms at all schools nationwide.
ProblemThrough the adolescence stage, girls between ages 13 and up usually hit puberty and begin their periods. As these can change the development and structure of the female body, mothers and guardians have a multitude of hygiene lessons they make sure us girls must know. Periods can occur at any given moment and can be an embarrassing predicament especially when unprepared at inconvenient moments such as school. Although during moments like these where periods can be a hassle, it is an typical situation to fix and girls can already understand what needs to be done. However, when a school does not prevent items to help us girls take care of ourselves, the outcome leads to embarrassment but more importantly, health risks. When women leave a tampon in for more than 8 hours, studies have depicted how it can lead to violent seizures, toxic shock syndrome, and worse. Now in a situation where items such as tampon dispeners or pad dispensers aren’t provided, the typical teenage girl soon begins to panic as they prepare themselves for the embarrassment they are about to face in the nurse’s office. Though, things do not have to end in this way.SolutionTherefore, like the legislation that enforced Illinois public and charter schools to provide tampon and pad dispensers, more legislations need to be created so all school districts, nationwide, can contribute pad and tampon dispensers in all girl bathrooms within the building. Personal storyMy name is Jade Jackson from plainfield school district and I am writing this as one of the many voices of the individuals who have experienced this type of situation. I have heard a tremendous amount of stories from girls who have been in a awkward situation due to getting their period during school but not having the option to help themselves, within the own privacy of the school bathroom due to their own school not having these dispensers. I have also heard a multitude of horror stories of women who have died due to not changing their tampon enough or not taking better care of themselves when on their menstrual cycle. Coming from a state where pads and tampon dispensers are provided and knowing the relief and gratitude I have whenever i’m in the same situation, I cannot imagine why a school board wouldn’t consider this beneficial and vital feature. As women have the right to take care of their needs and receive the best health services, I believe this dispenser is a necessity and basic right as it would help women situate themselves in moments like this.
Petition to Scott B. Thompson, Lisa Szczupaj, Mike Smolka, David Border, Barbara A. Kain, Zubair Khan, Frank J. Annerino, Anthont Wang
Oppose D15 Policy to Hire Armed Retired Police Officers to Replace Support Staff
We are concerned citizens of Community Consolidated School District 15. Parents, Teachers, Neighbors, and Friends who live in the community supporting CCSD 15. We care about the safety of our schools. We believe gun free schools are safest. We oppose the District Superintendent’s plan to create district policy aimed at hiring armed retired police officers in place of educational support staff in District 15 school offices. We are asking for the Superintendent and School Board members to halt and listen to the parents, Educational Support Personnel Association, and other community members.
Petition to United States Department of Education, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives
Computer Science in Our Schools
Petition to Yaw Obeng, Marty Spaulding, Clare Wool, Jeff Wick, Mike Fisher
Stop the road - Let's get community-driven transportation options for Champlain Elementary School!
The Burlington School District is planning a new roadway adjacent to Champlain Elementary School. We, South End parents and residents, respectfully request that the district pause plans on this project, including all actions to obtain permits, until a community-driven alternative can be developed. The two-way road will create a new curb cut off Pine Street, head up over the school blacktop, orchard, garden, and forest, up to the district-owned lot on Route 7 where they are building the new District offices and a preschool. That means 56,000 square feet of new asphalt. The width of the road will go from the southern retaining wall to the public community garden. Marty Spaulding, of District Facilities, was clear at the Tuesday, April 10th Burlington School Board meeting that this roadway is intended to benefit Champlain Elementary School. We appreciate that, however the school community appears to be uniformly opposed to it. The plan only deals with the vehicular traffic problem. It creates myriad other problems for the school. The plan presented on April 10th is enormously disruptive and unsafe to the plethora of pedestrian and bicycle traffic to and from the school, much of which is children. As a result it discourages sustainable commutes and encourages vehicular commutes which are less sustainable and go against the PlanBTV mission. This will only exacerbate the problem it purports to solve. The road destroys many key outside education tools for the school: our blacktop, our school garden, orchard, shed, some of our fields and forest. The school garden has been cultivated over years by the students, educators and parent volunteers. The shed was donated to the school by our PTO president in memory of her late father. These assets are essential to the ethos of our school. They are also an equity an open space justice issue in that not all kids have a place to play outside at home. The school tries to meet that need for all. This plan was drawn up entirely without the input of any Champlain Elementary staff or families. While the district has said there will be time to weigh in, that is not possible given the current timeline. If the district proceeds with its plans to seek permits and obtain construction bids by July, that is not acceptable. The current plans need to be paused until a consensus around a solution can be achieved. We thank you in advance for your flexibility and responsiveness to the needs of the South End.
Petition to Del Phillips III Ph.D, Jeremy Johnson, Jim Hawkins, Sarah Andrews
Stop Stage 1 - Sumner County Schools Temporary Rezoning Plan
Who are we? Stop Stage 1 is a group of concerned families and citizens affected by the proposed temporary changes to Sumner County school zones. Our goals are to provide alternative solutions to the current proposal while remaining empathetic to the needs of the county as a whole. We have two areas of focus: Stop Stage 1 (Temporary Rezoning) Temporary rezoning has the potential to disrupt the learning environment for all K-12 students attending the Beech and Station Camp schools. Under the proposed Stage 1 plan, some students may change schools as many as 5 times before graduating. The educational and psychological impact of these transitions can affect the overall performance of every student in each of those schools, not just those individuals being transferred. Another concern is the strain these temporary changes will place on the affected neighborhoods. Many families in these areas are active participants in their current schools. Stage 1 changes can affect more than just test scores. Athletics, fundraising, and overall community support may falter under these conditions. Additionally, these areas may be negatively affected by the unnecessary increase in traffic. Support Growth (Stage 2) The proposed development of a new school is something we embrace! We understand the need for growth and do not wish to impede progress. By supporting the new school, we are helping to control the overall expansion and lead our communities in a positive direction. We believe accelerating this existing plan is a critical component for the permanent solution to the county wide overpopulation issue. Summary and Execution We agree with the need for immediate action to control the overcrowding of Sumner County schools. However, we disagree with proposed reaction outlined in the Stage 1 plan. We aim to discover Board's motivation to design the proposed map. We will then review the factors the Board utilized when determining this course of action. We plan to attend each School Board meeting in which the public is allowed, to show our support for keeping our community whole. In each instance we are permitted by law, we will address the Board with our concerns and possible solutions. We will be hosting community meetings to discuss the information obtained, and work towards our common goal of preserving the educational integrity of our community. We will be presenting a formal proposal to the Board containing our recommendations. This petition shall serve as one of many evidences that our community is concerned for the education of our children and the preservation of quality of life for all citizens in the affected area. By affixing your signature, you are presenting proof to the Sumner County School Board and other local government officials that you are part of a better solution.