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 <[email protected]>; McLaughlin, Mark W <[email protected]>
Cc: [email protected] <[email protected]>; Stan Mantooth <[email protected]>; [email protected] <[email protected]>; [email protected] <[email protected]>; [email protected] <[email protected]>; Supervisor Huber <[email protected]>; [email protected] <[email protected]>
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. 
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