Letter to VC Officials About Scientific Evidence Supporting School Opening - Sandee Everett, M.S.Ed.

Letter to VC Officials About Scientific Evidence Supporting School Opening

From: Everett, Sandee R
Sent: Friday, July 24, 2020 3:54 PM
To: Goldberg, Cindy S <CGoldberg@conejousd.org>; McLaughlin, Mark W <mmclaughlin@conejousd.org>
Cc: robert.levin@ventura.org <robert.levin@ventura.org>; Stan Mantooth <news@vcoe.org>; kelly.long@ventura.org <kelly.long@ventura.org>; steve.bennett@ventura.org <steve.bennett@ventura.org>; linda.parks@ventura.org <linda.parks@ventura.org>; Supervisor Huber <Supervisor.Huber@ventura.org>; john.zaragoza@ventura.org <john.zaragoza@ventura.org>
Subject: Evidence For Opening Schools This Fall
 
Dear Cindy and Mark, 
 
I hope your summer is going well.
 
I am hearing from parents that are upset about CVUSD offering child care on our campuses/in our classrooms this fall for $850 per month per student (see copy of CVUSD letter sent to parents and CVUSD child care website below). If this is true, it seems hypocritical that CVUSD classrooms are "safe" for child care workers and kids, but not safe for teachers and kids. 
 
There is also the issue that many cannot afford the child care option. Parents have mentioned FAPE and want to know how CVUSD can justify kids attending child care all day, sit on a computer to listen to their teachers (while on CVUSD campuses) and be required to pay for this.  
 
Education is either essential or it is not. Teachers are either essential workers (like child care workers, grocery store workers, food service workers, doctors, nurses, etc.) or they are not. 
 
I believe we should be advocating for our schools to open this fall as planned. The science does not justify closing the schools (see linked articles and studies below). 
80% of our parents and teachers responded to our District survey in mid-May indicating that they want to be back in the classroom this fall (see results below). Over 12,000 CVUSD families responded to the survey. Over 700 Certificated staff responded to the survey. 
Please consider strongly advocating to Governor Newsom and any other decision-makers, that schools should resume in-class instruction this fall. Opening up campuses for child care and not in-person instruction is wrong. Students will be best served this fall  by being on campus in their classroom receiving instruction from their teachers, not sitting on a computer with child care workers.  
Thanks for your attention to this matter. 
Sincerely, 
Sandee
Autism Autism and Screen Time: Special Brains, Special Risks Children with autism are vulnerable to the negative effects of screen time. Posted Dec 31, 2016
Wearing a mask and face guard as protection against the spread of COVID-19, Garland Independent School District custodian Maria Concha wipes down a chair in the library at Stephens Elementary ...

A Department of Public Works worker places a closed sign near an entrance to a playground at an elementary school in Walpole in March out of concern about the spread of the coronavirus.
 
While most California school districts are planning only virtual instruction to start the academic year, some are offering child care programs that will bring students into the same buildings that ...
There has been no recorded case of a teacher catching the coronavirus from a pupil anywhere in the world, according to one of the government’s leading scientific advisers.Mark Woolhouse, a leading
As the schooling dilemma continues to daunt millions of parents, some with the means to front the steep costs are hiring private educators and tutors. Sara Elahi isn't waiting to find out whether ...

Title: Student Engagement Online During School Facilities Closures: Author: W10 1903 X64 Created Date: 7/8/2020 3:57:02 PM
Introduction and Background The Challenge Before Us. These are extraordinary times. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the United States in force in March 2020, every state closed its schools in response, disrupting the education of over 60 million children.

Millions of young minds are going to waste. Education is the surest path out of poverty. Depriving children of it will doom them to poorer, shorter, less fulfilling lives.

A study of 2,000 children and teachers at schools in the German state of Saxony has found very few antibodies among them. The study was carried out in May by the Medical Faculty of the TU Dresden ...
* Abbreviations: COVID-19 — : coronavirus disease HHC — : household contact SARS-CoV-2 — : severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) presents arguably the greatest public health crisis in living memory. One surprising aspect of this pandemic is that children appear to be infected by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the ...
Swedish flags fly from a tourist souvenir shop in Gamla Stan in Stockholm, Sweden, on Thursday, March 26, 2020. Sweden is starting to look like a global outlier in its response to the coronavirus.

Conejo Valley USD Child Care is committed to ensuring that all materials on this web site are accessible to students, staff, and the general public.


Be the first to comment

Please check your e-mail for a link to activate your account.