We Can't Go Back to Business As Usual

We simply can't ignore the impacts of COVID-19 because the weather is getting warmer. We also can't overlook the decisions republican Governors are making to cut education budgets. We can't be silent about State Superintendents and local elected officials pushing in more cops to our public schools while not giving our children the social, emotional support through counselors, social workers, behavior specialists and support staff needed

Please sign and share this petition: Counselors NOT Cops https://bit.ly/copsoutofschools

Don't stop at just signing the petitions. Gwinnett County has the largest school district in Georgia. This also means that they are failing more Black and brown children. 

GCPS recently announced its intention to return to in-person instruction in the fall. The release of the announcement coincided with a rapid increase in the official reporting of new COVID-19 infections in both Gwinnett County and the rest of the state.  Local and national news outlets are now suggesting this could be the beginning of another, deadlier spike in transmissions that could potentially overwhelm our still inadequate capability to protect our families and community from the pandemic.

TAKE ACTION; SIGN THE PETITION 

Parents and stakeholders need Gwinnett County School to truly be the example in Georgia they claim to be by reconsidering their plans that will place many children, teachers and staff in harms way.

As members of this community, we are concerned about several aspects of the GCPS plan to return to schools.  Of most concern is how the plan came into being.  Rather than being the result of significant community input and expert guidance from public health officials, the plan appears to be a response to results from a brief community survey with a response rate below 15 percent.

Parents believe any serious plans to begin the new school year should, at a minimum, include the following:

1. GCPS should provide various mediums and ample opportunities for significant and meaningful community input.  Surveys are inadequate, as there is no opportunity to participate in crafting the questions, and individuals may only choose among the limited responses provided.

2. As a best practice, GCPS should provide better transparency with regard to all board meetings, partnerships, and task forces.  During the May school board meeting, a GCPS pandemic task force was repeatedly mentioned. However, the public has yet to be provided with a list of its members and their qualifications. Furthermore, all minutes of this task force’s meetings should be made available online within 72 hours. 

3.Any proposal should meet all of the CDC’s guidelines for reopening schools--including the provision of Personal Protective Equipment.

4.GCPS should ensure that each school has a registered school nurse (PRN-RN/LPN ) on site and must have a comprehensive plan in the event of a Covid-19 outbreak on campus.  This plan must provide support for parents, students, and staff affected by an outbreak and should include detailed procedures for contact tracing and a safe return to school.

5. GCPS should provide flexibility of options regarding safe in-person instruction and digital learning for parents, students and educators.

6. GCPS should address concerns with inequities regarding technology and access to the eClass virtual learning platform.

7.Virtual workshops should be provided to help parents and students to better navigate digital learning--including comprehensive programs for ESOL students and other students with special needs.

8.The 2020-2021 school year start date should be moved to a later date in order to allow for adequate time to address all requirements listed above.

Comments

  1. This article is so needed! the school system has not even proposed any Solutions, other than hiring more school resource officers that started in April yet many students did not even receive a Chromebook as gcps allocates her household and not per child like other counties! While the school board shows a complete disconnect to reality by leaving all rules to each school principle without any Community input.. No Mask Required, 3 kiddos per Seat on the buses, due to the overcrowded school system. If your family is in one of the 68 Title 1 schools that Gwinnett County has now is the time for family engagement more than ever let them know what you want the school to do with the title 1 funding no more administrators on Title 1 funds electronics and Wi-Fi is needed math support and reading literacy coaches.. while taxpayers pay high dollars for an urban School District no questions asked no accountability

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