Petition to Fort Bend ISD, FBISD Board of Trustees, Charles M Dupre
FBISD - Give back our Choice to send kids back to school!
Dr. Charles Dupre and the Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees We represent some of the over 80,000 families hurt by your recent decision to remove the CHOICE to send our kids back to in-person school this Fall. We do not believe you are fairly representing the needs of families and teachers who will be put in crisis by your actions. We feel that the Administration is not properly considering the MASSIVE economic and psychological disaster you will create by keeping kids out of school. What about the thousands of working parents who cannot work and support online schooling? What about the children with special needs who require the personal touch of our expert teachers? Finally, what about the tens of thousands of families that cannot afford computers and high-speed internet, let alone the training required to use them. Your current plan has forced many parents into the unthinkable choice between their children's education and feeding their families. It is widely known that data regarding COVID cases and hospitalizations is not accurate. The numbers change almost daily. And it is widely known that children are less impacted by the virus at every level. Given these trends, there is simply not enough data to justify reversing your June 23 plan which included choice. All of your decisions are based on projection - not real data. And we will never have the data unless we get kids back in class! FBISD has chosen a guaranteed economic and educational disaster to avoid a possible health crisis based on poor data. There are thousands of parents and teachers who are willing to go back to in-person school. They are willing to take whatever personal risk they deem necessary BECAUSE it is so important. Parents and teachers instinctively know the value of in-person social interaction between kids, including sports and activities that teach teamwork. Taking this away is a moral crime. Prolonged social isolation leads to depression, anxiety and even suicide. They have been denied long enough. We do not feel that Fort Bend ISD has the right to make decisions regarding our personal health and freedom. Note: We are NOT demanding that everyone return to school in person. We ARE demanding that parents and teachers should be given a choice, based on their personal beliefs and social and economic needs. Do not ignore our voices! Please follow the lead of other local districts and put choice back into our school plans. Signed Below, David Lineman, FBISD Parent Parents and Teachers of FBISD