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Reopen Schools

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Started 6 days ago

Petition to Parents, Grandparents, Tax Payers

Petition to Fully Reopen Lake Shore Central Schools, NY

We respectfully ask that all students in our district be allowed to return to school for full-time, in-person instruction immediately.  Given the updated guidelines from the CDC as of Friday, February 12, 2021 wherein 6 feet of social distancing is suggested but not required in schools, especially those in lower transmission areas, we respectfully ask you to revisit the NYSED and NYSDOH guidelines as they stand and allow full time learning in this district for all students. NYSDOH MANDATES 6 FEET OF DISTANCING OR MASKING. Lake Shore engages in universal masking. NYSED REQUIRES SOCIAL DISTANCING OF 6 FEET OR BARRIERS. Operating under the same guidelines you have been given by NYSDOH and NYSED, Lake Shore needs to a) modify the 6’ distance in classrooms to 3’, OR b) needs to decrease 6’ distance with the addition of barriers for extra safety and social distancing. These are viable solution for Lake Shore to return most, if not all, students to full time learning.  We are requesting this because: Significant data collected in this pandemic shows that three feet of social distancing for children in school is safe, combined with other safety protocols in place such as mask wearing and participating in the daily health screenings. Teachers can continue to maintain a six foot distance from students (ex. "Why three feet of social distancing should be enough in schools," by Doctors Joseph Allen and Sara Bleich, Harvard University's T.H. Chan School of Public Health, article appearing in The Washington Post, November 11, 2020).Students of all ages are experiencing emotional, social, and physical distress from being out of school and without their teachers on a full-time basis. They are disengaged from their teachers and peers, and disengaged from learning. These serious known consequences far outweigh the risks of having the all students back in the buildings. Many teachers have joined the advocacy anonymously WITH parents.  The workload of teachers has doubled, and their in-person time with individual students has been halved. They want to be part of the planning to bring students back full-time. We respectfully ask that you reopen our schools immediately on a full-time basis, while continuing to preserve the remote option for those who need it. We request this virtual option be integrated into the classroom learning. Thank you for your dedicated service to our community. This petition can be signed by parents or guardians of Lake Shore students, Lake Shore staff and teachers, or Lake Shore resident school tax payers. Please provide your name and email address where prompted.  

Lake Shore Parents Concerned for their Children
192 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Kirk Twigg, Dr. Lorita C. Daniels, Erin K. Grampp, Lisa A. Phelps, Rabih Abuismail, Dr. S. Scott Baker, Baron P. Braswell, Dawn Shelley

Demand that Spotsylvania County Public Schools get their students back at school!

Enough is enough! I know that Spotsylvania County Schools get a lot of petitions regarding the closure of schools, but I plead with you to reopen them! So much of the district struggled greatly with the first quarter being all virtual. We have been let down by our school board during this pandemic. My education is suffering and the education of my classmates is suffering. Many parents are unable to work at home and watch their children to make sure that they are getting the education they need. Children are falling behind; not only with their education, but also with their social development. Closing schools fails the students, because we are falling behind in life and virtual schooling is not the path that a lot of them need. The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine have reported that schools need to reopen for the well-being of the students. The European Center for Disease Control and Prevention found that, "No evidence has been found to suggest that children or educational settings are the primary drivers of SARS-CoV-2 virus transmission. Children are at low risk to suffer from serious effects of COVID-19." Vulnerable students can do Virtual Virginia or some other online schooling program. The number of staff members that are currently working 100% virtual can and should be decreased (Meaning all staff should be forced to come in, unless they or someone that they are living with have a proven medical condition that can make them vulnerable to COVID-19.) as I know that there are teachers who are more than capable to come in and teach, but are staying home instead and that upsets students and lets them down. Spotsylvania County Public Schools, the mission that you have for your students is, "Together, we prepare our students for their future." Closing schools is not preparing us for our future. This should not be about politics. This should be about the well-being of your students and their parents who pay your salary.

Braedon Recore
103 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Chris Van Hollen, Steny H. Hoyer, Benjamin L. Cardin, C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger, Andy Harris

DO THE WORK and Reopen Maryland's Classrooms

Dear Governor Hogan, Maryland State Senators and Maryland State Representatives: Across the state, students are suffering academically and emotionally because they have not had in-class learning since the beginning of March 2020. While COVID-19 safety measures warranted school closings, there has been no evidence of a concerted effort in some school districts to work toward some form of reopening. They seem content in avoiding the challenge of figuring out how schools can move forward with some form of in-person instruction. This is where the State of Maryland should and must intervene.  As a result of all-virtual instruction, students have been denied the crucial benefits of in-person interaction with their teachers and fellow classmates. These students have suffered tremendously-with no foreseeable end to 100 percent virtual "learning."They have experienced failing grades, depression -- even suicide. At least one high-school student, Michael Myronuk,  Jr. of Baltimore, lost all hope and took his own life because Maryland prioritized businesses like casinos, bars and Chuck E Cheese -over the well-being of kids and teens.  Students with special needs are particularly under-served and wronged by all-virtual learning. Without in-person interaction, it's been next to impossible for them to get anything out of classroom instruction. At best, they lose the critical benefit of having regular routines, structure and one-on-one support. The State of Maryland has left districts and counties to their own devices in reopening schools -- and this has enabled politics to prevail over the best interest of Maryland's students. Indeed, teachers have reason to be concerned about returning to the classrooms and have the right to demand provisions that will ensure their safety. But there must be a state-level mandate that schools actually implement reopening plans that balance those rights with the rights of students to get the best learning and developmental experience from their schools. The well-being of students should be the main objective of any school system in any situation-including a pandemic. Instead, school reopening decisions in many Maryland counties have created political food chains in which students come last...because many of them can't vote...so their voices and cries for help continúe to go unheard. And the ineptitude of school districts in actively working on reopening plan is enforced by groups who, for mysterious reasons, appear to be completely resistant to any reopening scenario-regardless of COVID numbers or safety measures. They don't even want to discuss or hear about it. And those sentiments continue to paralyze decision-makers from doing what's best for Maryland students -especially those with special needs, transitioning from elementary or middle school, or who lack the skills and resources to be successful in an all-virtual instruction environment. This is particularly crucial since teachers in certain counties continue to grade students per pre-COVID county guidelines. Therefore, the petitioners here demand the state of Maryland to take decisive steps to move all public schools to some form of reopening by Spring These steps should include: Ensuring that each school district has the necessary funds to procure sanitizing, PPE and other protective resources to reopen safely  Mandating that all school district implement these reopening plans in a way that enables opening by March 2021. Maryland students deserve the states very best efforts to get them back into the classroom in a way that takes into the utmost consideration of the safety needs of students, faculty and their family members. As evidenced in in areas around the world with highly dense populations (among the most notable, New York City) there has been little or evidence that schools have been the cause of spikes in COVID numbers. Indeed, it's been the bars, restaurants, casinos and other for-profit entities - which have been allowed to open instead of schools- that have caused these spikes. This has unfairly made reopening classrooms more difficult...but not impossible. We made this mess for Maryland students. Now we must make it right for them by mandating all school districts in the state reopen within the parameters (or those similar to) those listed in this petition.                                                                                                                              

Lisa Lake
289 supporters