An open letter to State Governors & Legislatures

Delay Opening Schools to Promote Public Health and Safety

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As the coronavirus pandemic only continues to worsen, schools opening is a ludicrous idea. By opening schools in a blatant disregard for public health and safety, many more people will contract the virus, and some of those people will die. These deaths are 100% preventable and YOU have the power to prevent them by mandating schools remain physically closed. Consider the following: if schools open, and a teacher tests positive, will the teacher alone quarantine? What about their students and coworkers, who have also been exposed? Just ONE incident in a school could lead to entire schools closing, and increase the influx of patients in critical condition (in hospitals that are already overcrowded as it is, prior to schools opening). Be PROACTIVE rather than REACTIVE and keep schools closed for physical learning until coronavirus is under control (ie: vaccination, or very few cases in the US with a mask mandate). Mandating schools to open is mandating thousands of super-spreader events throughout the state -- they will become hotbeds for the virus, even if it were possible to follow every single CDC guideline for opening schools (which is likely not at all possible, especially for districts that struggle when there is not a global pandemic). Instead of forcing schools to open, consider properly funding distance and online learning, so that teachers and staff may create a better virtual learning experience than the one piloted in the spring, from the safety of their own homes. Education is important, but a dead teacher cannot teach, and a dead student cannot learn.

First sent on July 9, 2020 by Rebecca

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