Safely Open the Schools Now - Sandee Everett, M.S.Ed.

Safely Open the Schools Now

Transcript of video:

Hi, my name is Sandee Everett and I am a current trustee on the Conejo Valley Unified School District school board. I'm running for re-election this fall and we need your vote in November.

Welcome to my daughter's room. This is where she sits when she does her online learning for school.

None of us as parents could have imagined that our children would still be sitting in their rooms doing their learning online, rather than back at school with their teachers and their friends this fall.

The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have both indicated that, for kids, the risks of school closures are greater than the risks of Covid-19.

In May, the district conducted a survey, and over 12,000 of our families responded. 78% of the parents indicated that they would like their children back on campus for in-person instruction this fall. I believe because the board is an elected body and represents the community and the parents, we need to provide what the majority of parents have asked for.

We also need to continue to provide online options for teachers and students, especially those that have health concerns. The law requires that in the 2020-2021 school year that the board provide in-person instruction for the students to the greatest extent possible.

On August 19th, the Ventura County health director indicated that we can now apply for a waiver for our TK through sixth grade classrooms. That means that our youngest learners can return to campus and have in-person instruction. However, our board has been dragging its feet. Meanwhile, the private schools have already received their waivers and opened their campuses for their TK through sixth grade classrooms.

The board needs to get these waivers and allow the parents to make the choice to return their children to the classroom, if that's what they prefer.

The district has many students who have disabilities that are struggling with online learning and online services. The board has the ability to allow these students from TK through 12th grade to return to campus and receive their instruction and services in person. The board needs to stop dragging its feet on this. We must allow these students the opportunity to choose to return to campus for in-person instruction and services.

The board needs to come together to also get permission to reopen our middle schools and our high schools for our students. The district has already received millions in federal stimulus dollars in order to ensure that our campuses are safe when our teachers and our students return for in-person instruction.

I think it is time for the board to do everything necessary to put the decision into the hands of the parents whether they want their children to return to in-person instruction or if they would like to continue with online learning.

My name is Sandee Everett and I am a trustee on the Conejo Valley Unified School District school board. I'm running for re-election this fall and we need your vote in November.

Thank you so much.

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