A message for our leaders
October 29, 2020
To our school district, administration, and school board: do not send us back. Continue to look at the scientific data. Continue to be better than our neighbors. Don’t succumb to normalcy politics. Don’t neglect the importance of iterative design with online learning. Keep us safe; because now is not the time to take any risks, even calculated ones. Listen to our concerns and work with us to calm them. Do not fail us.
As the district dominoes continue to fall, we have an awesome opportunity to set an example and become a leader in education and community. We don’t have to listen to selfish “send them back” sentiment. We don’t have to take risks. We can stay online and make the necessary adjustments and successfully educate 100%—not 90%, not 95%, not any other arbitrary percentage—safely. If our own board meetings aren’t held in person, why should we force our classes to be?
I trust the leaders of my community; I trust that they know it isn’t safe to send us back; and I trust that they will learn from the mistakes of fellow districts—that we will be better.