Petition to Mayor Bill de Blasio
School building reopening plans must meet safety standards
Mayor Bill de Blasio’s current plan for reopening school buildings does not meet the safety standards our children and school staff need. The UFT worked with the city to develop many of the safety standards included in the reopening proposal, but the mayor’s current plan falls short. For school buildings to reopen, school communities need: Voluntary COVID-19 testing for all students and school-based staff returning for in-person instruction. A rolling testing regimen in every school community for adults and student volunteers to identify those infected with the virus but asymptomatic. The results of these tests should be available within 24 hours. A dedicated group of contact tracers to investigate who else has been exposed when an adult or a student in a school contracts the virus. A school nurse in every school building. Evidence that the protections and procedures outlined in the plan have been implemented, including the testing and upgrading of ventilation systems, and the necessary staff and supplies to deep clean the buildings every night. We cannot contemplate the reopening of New York City’s school buildings unless Mayor Bill de Blasio's plan includes these critical health and safety measures. To do otherwise would be to put our students, their families and school staff in danger and would risk a citywide resurgence of the coronavirus pandemic. P.S. Please DO NOT “chip in” with a donation to Change.org after you sign this petition. The way you can be most helpful is by sharing the petition with others.
Petition to Dr. Mike Looney and FCS School Board, Superintendant Mike Looney
Reinstate Face to Face learning option for Fulton County Schools
The purpose of this petition is to assert our right to choose, as parents and tax payers in Fulton County, GA, to send our children to school utilizing the traditional in person face-to-face classroom setting or to select a virtual option based on what is best for each individual student. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, “We recognize that children learn best when physically present in the classroom. But children get much more than academics at school. They also learn social and emotional skills at school, get healthy meals and exercise, mental health support and other services that cannot be easily replicated online…”. Additionally, the current AAP recommendation for screen time per day is limited to 1 hour or less. Virtual learning will far exceed this medical recommendation. The Centers for Disease Control also supports the option to send children back to school should families decide to do so. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/reopening-schools.html?fbclid=IwAR2y3ie_vGi56iiLzD9tlg-JhjN7O9Z-E6mR1t3P9pdu3X404-XKrILq9i4 As parents, whether working from home or outside of the home, we are not qualified, trained, or educated in the way teachers are and cannot provide the quality of instruction and education which is accessible in the traditional classroom setting. Many families require both parents working outside of the home and virtual learning is not conducive to this kind of family structure as neither parent would be available to provide support and instruction as needed. Many students receive their only substantial meals while at school for the day and there are children living in abusive situations where time spent at school is their only safety and reprieve. Still other students have special needs that only a school setting with the properly trained staff is qualified to provide. Finally, an achievement gap is being created that may never be overcome as many FCS families are able to provide supplemental education in the form of homeschooling pods and tutors while so many families are not able to afford this type of scenario. Many high school students who have been out of the classroom for the better part of a year may not return as many students are needing to work to supplement the lost wages of their families. "Education is the surest path out of poverty. Depriving children of it will doom them to poorer, shorter, less fulfilling lives." https://www.economist.com/leaders/2020/07/18/the-risks-of-keeping-schools-closed-far-outweigh-the-benefits We strongly feel that the decision to eliminate face to face learning leaving only the remote virtual learning choice is a one size fits all approach in which only one viewpoint is accommodated. However, many others do not want virtual learning for their children due to the AAP's recommendation and the associated negative impacts to the childrens' health and well-being. For the reasons stated above, we, the Parents, petition to regain our choice to decide what is best for our families for the 2020-2021 school year. Unfortunately this situation is so polarizing that many people are unwilling to speak out for fear of being condemned on social media and attacked by friends on either side of the issue, so we thank you for taking the time to read and sign this petition. Signed, Natalie & Philip Holloway
Petition to Ron DeSantis, Richard Corcoran, Jacob Oliva
Contain the spread of Covid-19 in Florida prior to opening schools.
Governor DeSantis, You are insisting Florida’s school employees do their jobs in person in a few short weeks while we are still in the first wave of the pandemic and facing a dangerous surge in the spread of Covid-19. A spread that has yet to be contained in our state. I ask you to do YOUR job first and contain this virus. Without action, you are putting students, staff, families and entire communities in the very harm’s way you have made exponentially worse by reopening too soon. I am a public school teacher and the parent of a public school student. You are putting my family's lives at stake by irresponsibly opening schools as the number of infected citizens climbs exponentially. I invite both you and Commissioner Corcoran to join me in my 900 sq. ft. poorly ventilated, enclosed classroom to experience trying to keep 20 first graders safe for hours on end day after day. No amount of safety measures will work unless you DO YOUR JOB to contain the spread first. Otherwise, schools will become super-spreading entities. By insisting schools open in just a few weeks as this virus continues to spread unchecked, you are sending the clear message that our lives are disposable. Students, staff, and family members will get sick. Some will die. All unnecessarily because better decisions CAN and SHOULD be made. I BEG you to look at what Massachusetts and New York did to control the spread. Please do what is right for the health and safety of our state's citizens. I desperately want to teach in person. I want my daughter to learn in person, but I will NOT risk our lives doing it. And that is exactly what you are asking all of us to do as you carelessly move forward with openings and a lack of mandated safety procedures. Our counties need your leadership NOW. We need consistent safety mandates throughout the state to contain the spread. Until then, people will continue to travel to areas with fewer restrictions and increase the spread. Lock us down until spread is contained. Mandate masks and distancing. Period. Do what is right. PLEASE.
Petition to CDC, Pennsylvania Department of Education, Pennsylvania Department of Health, Pennsylvania Governor, Pennsylvania State House, Moshannon Valley School District
Allow spectators at Pennsylvania PreK-12 sporting events!!!
In recent days Tom Wolf has posted upon social media that PreK-12 Sporting events are not allowed spectators. Therefore, parents cannot, for example, watch their five-year-old kindergartner play for the first time, or their high school senior play for their last time. Collegiate level sports may have spectators with social distancing. The state will allow this just for tax money. Please sign this petition if you want to help coaches, players, families, and fans to be able and coach, play, or watch their favorite sports and/or loved ones. All sporting teams also do better with cheering from the crowds. As a student athlete myself, I can confirm it’s something we need and get pumped from, resulting in playing better!
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.
Petition to Matthew Hauptly
Change Holy Family's Plan to Reopen
I believe it is immoral to open Holy Family High School under the plans proposed as of now. The safest way to continue learning should be decided by the student and their family. The current plans put students and their families at great risk. Data shows that teens spread Covid-19 as effectively as any adult. Bringing students back into the school will only cause the spread of Covid-19 to increase among the young adults of America. Students should at least get to decide whether or not they wish to participate in in-school learning as it puts both their families and themselves at risk. Many other public schools have already done this. At the very least the school shouldn't open at full capacity. Doing so only opens even more of the public up to risk of infection which I find immoral and unjust. The school's administration should take this into account. As a student of Holy Family I feel as though the community hasn't had much of a say in this decision. Sign with me in order to change the current plans to reopen this school. God bless.
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, Change.org may invite you to donate. This is not a donation to Caspar Creek. Donations to Change.org support their nonprofit arm's mission to expand citizen-led campaigning, and are not shared with petitioner organizations.
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.