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Petition to Governor Jim Justice, WV Schools, West Virginia State Senate, West Virginia State House, Jim Justice, West Virginia

Closing West Virginia Schools for the safety of our teachers and students!

As a concerned parent I believe West Virginia Schools should be closed for this upcoming school year. With the rise in Covid-19 cases how can we justify putting our teachers and students in harms way. I am all for having my kids attend school and having them learn amongst their friends when their health and lives are not in harms way. How will teachers be able to teach and students be able to learn the way they need to if they are constantly under stress about getting this virus. They not only have to worry about getting it themselves but then they have to worry about passing it to their families and how do you think they will feel if they do wind up bringing it back home?  Some of our teachers and students will die and others who do survive, we have no idea what the life long health complications could or can be. If this is spreading through prisons and baseball teams that have the funding for safety equipment what do you think will happen in our schools? It does not take much common sense to figure out what the outcome will be and it won’t be good! I am all for the long distance learning or possibly postponing this school year until next year when the kids hopefully have a chance to go to school and be with their friends the way it should be. But until our teachers and kids can go back to school feeling safe I as a parent believe the worst thing to do is open up our schools whether it be in the state of West Virginia or any other state. 

Kena Humm
423 supporters
Update posted 1 day ago

Petition to Board of Trustees

Support MUSD's Authorization of Caspar Creek!

Caspar Creek may have just celebrated its last Closing Day. There's something you can do! It takes seconds, and it's free. Caspar Creek Learning Community, a successful 40-student K-5 charter school program on the Mendocino Coast, has been a treasured local alternative for 20 years, serving families from Elk to Westport to Philo who need or want an alternative to the other fine schools available locally. Caspar Creek's small class sizes, it's multi-age groupings, a unique child-development-centered approach, and an outdoor focus enhanced by a resource center surrounded by state park and state forest, have nurtured and empowered an entire generation of children over its two-decade history. To continue beyond June 2020, Caspar Creek must now be authorized by Mendocino Unified School District, by means of a board vote. Caspar Creek’s current students, parents, and staff; its nonprofit board members; and its many alumni, founders, former staff and other community stakeholders, are delighted at this opportunity to finally join forces with our local school district. We’re confident that the Mendocino Unified School District Board of Trustees recognizes the strength of Caspar Creek’s program as evidenced by its 20-year success story, and will acknowledge its value as an important part of the array of great public school choices available on the Mendocino Coast by embracing Caspar Creek as a charter school authorized by its home district. Should the MUSD board decline to authorize Caspar Creek, the program would be forced to close now. For Caspar Creek’s current family of students and involved parents; its dedicated and resourceful teachers; its corps of energetic part-time staff; its volunteer board of directors and diligent fundraisers; its army of volunteers; its many supporters in the community at large; and its two decades-worth of grateful alumni, the loss of this venerated program would be huge. What's at stake? A treasured educational alternative that has enriched, and continues to enrich, the greater Mendocino Coast community in ways both measurable and immeasurable. Decades of work refining a distinctive model and approach; Jobs: two credentialed teachers, a site coordinator and several aides, both full-time and part-time; Years-long teacher-student relationships that allow a level of mutual understanding usually not possible in a public school context; Lasting friendships between children, who build a community over their years together. The board must take into account the level of community support for Caspar Creek's continuation. Your signature will communicate your support for the MUSD board's decision to authorize Caspar Creek to continue as a public charter school. Stating your reason for signing (and especially, Caspar Creek's importance in your life, or your family's lives) will add weight to your signature. Note: After signing, may invite you to donate. This is not a donation to Caspar Creek. Donations to support their nonprofit arm's mission to expand citizen-led campaigning, and are not shared with petitioner organizations.

Caspar Creek Learning Community
1,125 supporters
This petition won 3 days ago

Petition to Mayor Lori Lightfoot, CEO Janice Jackson

CPS Should Open ONLY Remotely for 2020

During the Covid-19 pandemic, CPS has proposed two options for reopening schools in Fall 2020. The first is a hybrid option, where students attend in-person two days each week and learn remotely the remaining three days. The second is all-remote learning. CPS sent out a text & email to all parents on Friday, July 31, asking them to commit to one option or the other by Friday, August 7 with very little information on what each option meant. Families that choose the hybrid option can still move to all-remote learning at any time, but not the reverse. This has pushed many families to hedge and choose hybrid learning until they know more answers to their questions. And the questions are myriad. Just over one month away from school reopening, parents have very little information about how the basic logistics of in-person learning will work. What happens if a number of families who chose the hybrid plan because it offers the most options for choice in the future suddenly move to all-remote learning? Can schools opt out of the hybrid plan? Who will teach students when many teachers with existing health and/or family concerns may be unable or unwilling to return? Will teachers have access to PPE and free, rapid tests? Who will work as a substitute teacher when a teacher gets sick with non-Covid-19 illnesses? Will substitutes be allowed to go to different schools in a two-week period? How will specials teachers & classrooms (art, phys. ed., music, etc.) be kept safe when 75+ students will be in contact with those teachers each day? Who will enforce the daily cleaning that requires all surfaces to be disinfected--a far heavier cleaning burden than current support staff can likely cover? What kind of guarantees can be made that all schools will have sufficient air circulation, hand sanitizer, extra masks, working windows, etc.? Cases and the positivity rate (number of positive tests per day) have been climbing since mid-July. BIPOC communities have suffered from Covid-19 at higher rates than the city as a whole. In-person learning puts these students and families at even greater risk. The risks and incredible complexities of this situation far outweigh the benefits of in-person learning two days per week. We cannot, we will not risk putting our children, teachers, and staff into close contact with one another, which will only cause more illness and death.  We demand that Mayor Lightfoot and CPS follow the lead of numerous state and local officials across the country and move to all-remote learning, with in-person care for children of essential workers and those with special needs, and the continued distribution of meals at schools. We call on you to put our students, families, teachers, and staff's lives first.

Melanie Hoekstra
271 supporters