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Reopening Schools

7 petitions

Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Superintendent Addison Davis, Steve Cona, Stacy Hahn, Lynn Gray, Melissa Snively, Tamara Shamburger, Karen Perez, Cindy Stuart

Hillsborough: Start school online!

POSITION: We are asking that our HCPS leaders roll up their sleeves and do whatever it takes to open schools virtually on August 24th, and remain virtual until it is safe to open per guidance from medical experts. CONTEXT: Richard Corcoran, the Florida Education Commissioner, has sent a letter to HCPS stating that their plan to open schools virtually goes against his emergency order, which states that schools must open their campuses no later than August unless they have a recommendation from their local Department of Health. Under pressure from the state to keep quiet, the director of our local Department of Health refused to make a recommendation, even though the other doctors present said it would not be safe to open schools. View it here. MESSAGE TO HCPS BOARD & SUPERINTENDENT: We the undersigned citizens of Hillsborough County fully expect that you will not open school campuses against medical advice, and we will hold you to that expectation as we closely monitor the upcoming emergency board meeting. HCPS must act swiftly to meet the requirements outlined in the Education Commissioner's letter, if that's what it takes to keep our community safe. Change the original plan and resubmit to the FL DOE- do not let our staff and students become part of a dangerous political experiment which will result in a revolving door of school closures and leave our most vulnerable open to illness and death.

Hillsborough County for a Safe Return to Campus
4,125 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to School Boards, Mayors, Governors, Representatives, Senators, & President, State representive, Mayor, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, President, Department of Education, Governor

Please Test All Our School Kids for Covid-19 & Keep Testing

I am a parent. My child was born in my town. He rides his bike, practices soccer, learns the piano, and goes to Scout meetings in my town. He plays with his friends, goes to the movies, and mows lawns for our neighbors in my town. And every year in my town, my son becomes part of one of the most important and enduring rituals in our community— and of our lives—going back to school. But as fall approaches, we now must decide as parents, how to safeguard our most precious treasure—our children—while sending them into harm’s way in the midst of this ferocious pandemic. We yearn for so much normal that we can’t fathom the start of school being anything other than normal.  But none of us want to say the obvious. That it’s impossible not to send them into this viral storm. Where does that leave us?  A basket of impossible choices to choose from. We say that the virus doesn’t attack kids.  But kids have died.  Are you willing for yours to be that child? If our kids attend school, they can bring home the virus to us parents, to our grandparents, and to the rest of our community.   Is this our only choice? To play Russian Roulette with the safety of our kids, our family, our towns—and our country?  And the snowball keeps on rolling—because parents need to work and can’t stay home all day for online learning.  But online learning is the only way to keep everyone safe.  And our kids need their teachers, their friends.  Even The American Academy of Pediatrics strongly recommends that “[we] should start with a goal of having students physically present in school.” Did you watch how much your child did not learn online?  Did you ask?  I’ve asked.  My son and his friends and their friends.  And they all say without a moment’s hesitation, “It sucks.” If our fundamental jobs as parents is to protect our child from harm, then we are about to fail in a monumental way.   Why do we as parents have to succumb to only one outcome?  I feel an impossibility to this moment were it not for one saving grace:  I will do whatever it takes to keep my child, my family, my town, and my country safe from harm. We are the front line in our children’s lives.  Why can’t we ask for the impossible?  If our ultimate job is to protect, we will do nothing less than the impossible for our children.  If we have to send our kids back to school, why are we are not asking for the safest possible way to do so.  Why can’t we test every last child in America and then keep on testing them over and over again? If we must send our kids back to school, and we cannot tolerate another day, week, or month of online learning, then we have no choice but to ask for the impossible. We must test.   Why do we need to test our kids for the virus?  Because it’s the only real way we can discover if the virus is trying to infiltrate our schools.  It’s the only real way we can protects students from giving it to other students, who give it to their teachers or bus drivers, who give it to their parents or their grandparents, who then give it to other people in the community, who then give it to . . .  you get the picture.  We are all vulnerable.  Because if we can’t protect our kids, then we can’t protect our families—and we can’t protect our communities and all the families in those communities.  We can’t.  And we can’t because our social contract—those values and ideas we all fiercely agree upon, that which gives us a sense of powerful belonging for which we will move moral mountains and for which we will sacrifice the blood and treasure of our country for its ideals—is fraying like we’ve never seen before.  We are literally becoming a million and more countries unto ourselves.  How can a million and more countries decide when it is safe for us to begin school again?  We can’t. But a million or more parents, who are the last and truest social contract left in our country—can.   Because the most powerful force in the world is the love of a parent for their child.  And protecting our children from harm is literally the most important thing we do as parents.  Because we as parents will do anything—ANYTHING—to ensure the safety of our child.  We wield “parent power” every day in our children’s lives—and we know how to use it. We are the parents of 76 million students, and we need to use our amazing powers of influence to demand every last one of our kids gets tested.  That’s a lot of parent power.  Our children are not businesses to open or close at will.  They are not bowling alleys or bars, or hair salons or movie theaters that can be opened or closed depending on the whim of the virus.  Our kids are our lives.  They need us to stand up for them—for their health and safety—for their lives.  They need school.  They need teachers.  They need to learn. How do you demand tests?  You demand it from everyone in power. Because this demand is coming from the most powerful force in the world—a parent’s love for their child. You demand it from the superintendents and principals, who will demand it from the state.  You demand it from the mayors and local town councils.  You demand it from your local state representatives, who will demand it from your governor.  You demand it from your senators and legislators who will demand it from the president.  You demand it because it is your right to protect your child.  You say we can’t do it, but we can.   Because we are a “can-do” people in a “can-do” country.  We do not have to accept anything less as parents.  Create online petitions.  Spread the word.  Wield that parent power and move the world for your kids.  The collective parental power of over 76 million students is a tsunami of demand—and only the best kind.  Yes, I am asking the impossible in an impossible time.  Yet I have no choice.  I am a parent who loves my child without end.  As we all do.  Now I ask for all of you parents to ask for the impossible.  Because that is what we as parents are supposed to do. And for my first impossible ask and task—I want to now use my “parental powers” and get the ball rolling.  I’m going to use the second most powerful force in the world—our kids love of social media—and let them loose on the planet with an acronym I know they would get—and use (especially when it means that their parents will have no clue what this newest app really does). With the clock clicking down to the opening of our schools, please pass this on to your kids—they’ll get it . . . Testing Is Knowledge. Test Our Kids! TIK-TOK NOW! Spread the word.  Demand the test. And safeguard not only our children, but our families, towns,—and country. The clock is ticking …  And all is not impossible.                                                                

Carew Papritz
861 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Governor Gavin Newsom

Allow K-12 classes to safely meet outdoors for all CA counties

On July 17, 2020, Gov. Gavin Newsom outlined a K-12 school re-opening plan that contains much wisdom for containing the spread of Covid-19, but does not allow any in-person instruction, including outdoor instruction, for counties on the Monitoring List. Outdoor gatherings with masks present a very low risk for Covid spread, and should be permitted as an alternative to mandated online learning for interested schools in the affected counties. Both outdoor dining and outdoor worship services are currently allowed in monitored counties. In contrast, Gov. Newsom has mandated online learning for all California counties on the Monitoring List. Online learning presents a number of impossible challenges for many Californians. Working parents must scramble to find childcare. Many disadvantaged students lack access to technology, and so both economic and racial disparities will widen. Many teachers will struggle to simultaneously deliver high-quality instruction while directing their own children's learning. Online learning is an especially poor option for our state's youngest children who should be learning how to read, and who need personal attention to successfully do so. Finally, all students suffer in terms of their mental health and social-emotional development. While hot or rainy weather might present an obstacle to this strategy, individual schools and districts could make real-time decisions about "online learning days" for excessive temperatures, just as other states have successfully implemented "snow days" for severe weather.  We ask that Gov. Newsom allow the option of outdoor in-person schooling (with the other announced mitigation strategies in place) for California counties on the monitoring list.

Just another Mom and Teacher
750 supporters
Started 4 weeks ago

Petition to Tim Scott, Lindsey Graham, Henry McMaster, JA Moore, Joe Cunningham, James E. Clyburn, Joe Wilson, Tom Rice, Ralph Norman, Jeff Duncan, Paul G. Campbell, Jr., Joseph S. Daning, Marlon E. Kimpson, Krystle N. Matthews, Karl B. Allen, Mike Fanning, Richard A. "Dick" Harpootlian, Brad Hutto, Darrell Jackson, Gerald Malloy, John W. Matthews, Jr., Floyd Nicholson, Margie Bright Matthews, Wes Climer, Tom Davis, Nathan Ballentine, Terry Alexander, Linda "Lin" Bennett, Wendy C. Brawley, Beth E. Bernstein, Nancy Mace, David J. Mack, III, Adam Morgan

SC Virtual Until Safe

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic South Carolina state Governor Henry McMaster is pressuring school districts in SC to reopen school buildings for face to face instruction without adhering to recommendations from various groups, including AcceleratedED, stating when schools should return to face to face instruction. SC has the 3rd highest coronavirus outbreak rate in the world, with many mayors within recent weeks approving city ordinances regarding  wearing masks. Various organizations have recommended that "reopening (SC) schools be contingent on lowering disease activity in the county in which the school is located". DHEC recently sent out the incidence rates defining the spread of disease in each South Carolina county. Marlboro County, was the only county rated as "low incidence". All other counties spanned from "moderate" to "high" incidence (moderate to high spread).  Based on these current results and guidance from AcceleratedEd, distance-learning should be used to begin the school year in areas where the virus spread needs to be lowered. This recommendation has been ignored by the governor and some district leaders. Please sign this petition to show you agree that schools should be virtual until the counties meet the disease spread guidelines showing that it is safe for students and adults to reenter the buildings for face to face instruction. We want to re-enter our school buildings, but we want to re-enter them safely!    

Yvonneda Sanders
496 supporters