Petition to BALTIMORE COUNTY, MD, Darryl L. Williams, Ed.D. Superintendent
Justice for a young man unfairly suspended while at home on a virtual class
The suspension for this young man should be completely removed and expunged from his record. He's only a boy and should not be held to the same legal standard as an adult. Furthermore, the punishment is egregious and will likely follow him his entire life unless it is removed. Common sense should prevail in this case, not harsh punishment in order that adults may make a 'political statement' at his expense. https://www.lawenforcementtoday.com/record-remains-for-child-suspended-for-bb-gun-seen-in-virtual-classroom/
Petition to William Tennent High School, Centennial School District School Board
Please Help William Tennent Families Attend Home Athletic Events
We, the supporters of the William Tennent basketball players, would like to petition the school board and administration to reconsider their decision to prohibit family members at home basketball games. We believe that this decision is detrimental to our athletes. According to the Centennial Mission Statement, we are building a community where students succeed through academics, athletics and the arts. We want to support their athletic pursuits in person and help provide encouragement in a time when so much has already been stolen away due to COVID 19. Our gym is certainly big enough to maintain all of the safety protocols (masks and social distancing) while still allowing the athletes a chance to be supported. For most of these athletes, a team of TEN seniors, this is their last chance at playing a sport they love competitively, and we feel the parents should be there to watch and cheer them on. Many other local districts are allowing family members to attend while still being in the substantial range of transmission, and we believe that the Centennial School District can also make this modification to our safety plan for our students. We look forward to working with you on getting this issue resolved as our first of seven scheduled home games is Friday, Jan 22nd. If you believe parents should be able to see the final games in their children's careers in person, please sign the petition and lend your support.
Petition to Stamford BOE
Extend the Distance Learning Period for Stamford Public Schools
In order to ensure the safety of all of our students and staff, it is necessary to prolong the period of Distance Learning for Stamford Public Schools (SPS). There is a new strain of Covid-19 that is highly contagious, and with transmission rates higher than ever, it is essential too put the safety of students and their families first. Before school started, in August, the infection rate was below 1%. Before the December break, when the temporary distance learning period started, the infection rate was 6%. That number has now risen to 9%, and students are expected to return to school on Tuesday, January 19 in these unsafe conditions. SPS offered students two learning tracks in the beginning of the year. One being an alternating in-person schedule, known as the Hybrid track, and a full distance learning option, known as the Distance Learning and Teaching Academy (DTLA). This full distance program is inadequate and ineffective. It was poorly set up, and put together very last minute. This carelessness forced too many students planning on doing distance learning into the Hybrid track. Students no longer have the ability to switch between Hybrid and DTLA, as the deadline was January 8. Regardless, switching from Hybrid to DTLA meant forfeiting your schedule, and being placed in random classes. Switching to DTLA, for many, meant sacrificing our futures and education in order to keep our loved ones safe, along with having limited resources and available courses. Students should not have to chose between their education and keeping their families safe. Meanwhile, safety protocols within school are flimsy, and not everyone wears a mask all the time. Therefore, it is absolutely necessary to postpone the return to in-person school, with the ever growing transmission rate and increase in carelessness regarding the virus. Until most of our teachers, and all essential workers, high risk peers and family members have access to a vaccine, it is NOT safe to return to school.
Petition to Loudoun County Public Schools
Return to Original LCPS Distance Learning Schedule
The students of Loudoun County, especially the senior class of 2021, are requesting that the LCPS administration does not move forward with the newly proposed second semester schedule. Students around the county are struggling with motivation to join classes and complete assignments, and adding on class time leaves students with less time for wellness breaks. Some students use their breaks to socialize, catch up on sleep, complete extra assignments, study, or do other activities that will help improve their mental health. Also, some students are responsible for caring for younger siblings, as some have parents who are essential workers, and these breaks give older siblings the ability to do so. The senior class is struggling with senioritis like never before, and a long lunch break to go see friends is sometimes the only thing we have to look forward to. This newly proposed schedule would also place extra work responsibilities on teachers who are already stressed. We know that hybrid learning is being put in place for the students who need it most, and continuing to have learning lab in school would allow students to ask more questions and get the help they need. The students of LCPS know that our administration wants the best for us, and sticking to the original plan would give students less stress than what is already on our plates.
Petition to City of Brea Planning Commission, James McGrade, Gary Brattain, Sara Barnes-Ramos, Dan Phu, Melanie Schlotterbeck, Marty Simonoff, Steven Vargas, Cecilia Hupp, Christine Marick, Glenn Parker, City Clerk's Office, Paul Ruiz, Carrie Flanders, Nicole Colon, Gail Lyons, Deana Miller, Jason Killebrew
Oppose Building a Raising Cane's Next to Laurel Elementary Magnet School
To the Honorable Members of the Brea City Council, Brea City Planning Commission, and BOUSD Board of Education: We, the residents and community members of Brea, oppose the building of Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers at 255 East Imperial Boulevard, right next to Laurel Elementary Magnet School for Innovation and Career Exploration. We are seriously concerned that allowing Raising Cane’s to be constructed at the proposed location will: cause major traffic issues in an already congested area be a safety concern for pedestrians be a safety hazard for Laurel students, parents, and staff For the sake of Laurel students, the kids in our community, and our community as a whole, please oppose this project. Sincerely,
Petition to APS SUPERINTENDENT FRANCISCO DURÁN & THE ARLINGTON COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD
Ready to go back: Arlington Parents Deserve A Real Choice From APS
APS should open its doors: -for in-person learning; -phased in safely and with precautions to protect students and APS employees; - for all students who have not chosen virtual learning; -and those who can’t learn virtually; -prioritizing our youngest learners, English language learners and children with special needs; -so that APS teachers are truly empowered to excel; -and in support of our working families. Sooner rather than later, the Arlington School Board and Superintendent must take seriously their obligations to oversee APS and to ensure a return to in-person instruction for families who choose to send their children into school buildings. 1. APS must build trust by showing parents, teachers, and staff specifically how and when it will move forward with in-person instruction, including safety protocols, metrics and benchmarks. All stakeholders must understand and feel comfortable that while there is no 100% risk-free environment, there are safe and safer standards that can and should be met. 2. APS should review evidence from other school districts that have gone back and are not seeing outbreaks in schools or increases in community spread. Others, including more than one of our neighboring districts, have announced specific plans to phase in in-person by a certain date. Indeed, APS is currently offering childcare in 10-person classrooms. That IS in-person learning and shows APS knows how to do it safely. 3. APS must acknowledge that keeping schools closed comes with massive, long-term individual and societal costs. Many children are already struggling to effectively learn, grow, engage, socialize, be active, access healthy food, or get needed support until schools reopen. As a consequence of distance learning, many of the children who struggle the most under normal circumstances are now finding it difficult, even impossible in some cases, to receive effective instruction and other supports schools normally provide. These realities will only get worse. APS gave parents the choice to participate in distance learning, as they should have. But APS also needs to provide a viable and actionable choice for those families who want — and need — in-person instruction. HOW TO CONTACT OUR PUBLIC SERVANTS: email@example.com & firstname.lastname@example.org (Durán’s Chief of Staff) email@example.comCountyBoard@arlingtonva.us Governor Ralph Northam Rep. Don Beyer SOURCES FOR DATA:Economic Policy Institute: COVID-19 and student performance, equity, and U.S. education policy Harvard Healthy Buildings Risk Reduction Strategies for Reopening Schools CDC: The Importance of Reopening Schools CDC Study: Limited Secondary Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in Child Care Programs AAP: Pediatricians, Educators and Superintendents Urge a Safe Return to School This Fall INTERESTED IN GETTING MORE INVOLVED? JOIN Arlington Parents for Education on Facebook FOLLOW @ArlParentsforEd on Twitter EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN A YARD SIGN OR MAKING A DONATION TO APE Please EMAIL email@example.com Donations made through change.org do NOT come to APE directly
Petition to Fellow NDA Parents
NDA Parent Petition to Cancel Midterms
Many neighboring high schools do not have midterms nor have they in the past. As a parent I work until late hours of the day and having my daughter get out of school at 12 is inconvenient. Midterms are unnecessary and stress inducing. The students continue to have tests and quizzes the week before midterms which cuts the time they need to review half the year of material. Many students also engage in after school activities that cut the study time they need to study for five or more tests. A stress free environment for teenagers is something we need to consider. With grades closing shortly added stress is something we should avoid. Covid is also something we need to consider with big tests. As an alternative teachers and students can collaborate over the next few weeks and spread out material accordingly.
Petition to KSD Board of Education and Superintendent David Ulrich
KSD Virtual Friday Elimination
Our children are being denied the enriched learning environment only available through the in-person learning model. Return the Kirkwood School District to the traditional five day in-person environment! “…all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed…” (Excerpt from the Declaration of Independence) Kirkwood School District has an obligation to implement an environment in which each child has the highest potential for success, we demand our children have this opportunity. “If a child cannot learn in the way we teach . . . we must teach in the way the child can learn.” - Ivar Lovaas ***Sign this petition so we may submit our demands to the Kirkwood School Board/District.*** Kirkwood School Board Board President Chad Kavanaugh - firstname.lastname@example.org Board Vice President Jean Marie Andrews - email@example.com Board Secretary Mark Boyko - firstname.lastname@example.org Board Director Angie Bernardi - email@example.com Darnel Frost - firstname.lastname@example.org Jennifer Pangborn - email@example.com Nikole Shurn - firstname.lastname@example.org Call, email, and write (cut and paste this message) to your Kirkwood School District representative.