An open letter to State Governors & Legislatures (TX only)

On the required reopening of schools

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I am a parent who lives in Plano, TX. I am writing to demand that you change the requirements around schools reopening. Requiring schools to reopen puts the entire population at heightened risk. On March 13, you issued a disaster proclamation for the state. Schools were closed. There were 22 confirmed cases in all of Texas. Today is July 13. There are 122,828 active cases in our state. And now schools are required to reopen. The data simply does not support reopening schools at this time. On July 2, you advised outdoor gatherings be limited to 10 or fewer people. This directly contradicts with your order to reopen schools, where hundreds of children and staff meet in-person and indoors five days a week. By requiring a 100% in-school option for students, you will be putting countless children, their families, their teachers, and their communities at risk. And you will be directly responsible for tens of thousands of deaths. Consider the population of over 5 million public school students in the state and how exponentially that number grows when you add the teachers, faculty, staff, and every person each student encounters on a day to day basis. I do not feel my children are safe. Teaching in schools five days a week puts students directly in harms way. Currently there is no official order from the President to reopen schools. Opening under the threats of tweets and soundbites does not reflect the strength and integrity of our state. I demand increased funding for cleaning supplies and PPE for ALL teachers and students. I demand that schools have the option not to open at full capacity in order to practice social distancing. Thank you.

First sent on July 13, 2020 by Julia

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