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Coalition of Parent Advocates Issue Urgent Call to Keep Schools Open


Media Alert

January 3, 2022


Contact: Scott Davison scott@opencusd.org

Natalya Murakhver: nmurakhver@gmail.com



Coalition of Parent Advocates Issue Urgent Call to

Keep Schools Open


Parent groups across the country respond to school closures & shifts to remote in K-12 schools


Nationwide— Responding to an alarming spate of actual and threatened closures of schools across the country and sudden shifts to remote learning, parent groups across the nation have come together to reiterate the message that, despite an uptick in Covid-19 cases and the surge of the Omicron variant, schools are safe, essential and must remain open for in-person learning.


Throughout this pandemic children have been subjected to the harshest restrictions, despite being the lowest-risk demographic. For over 21 months children have been forced to pay the greatest price, while adults have largely gone on with their lives and recreational activities. This has led the Surgeon General to declare a mental health crisis among American children for the first time in U.S. history.


President Biden, Education Secretary Cardona, and our prominent health experts and union leaders all unanimously agree that schools must remain open. Numerous studies have shown that children and staff are safer in school than outside of school, and there are multiple life-saving vaccines and treatments available to treat a virus which is no longer novel. The President has repeatedly said there will be no more lockdowns and schools and businesses should remain fully open, providing no logical rationale for closing schools.


We are in agreement with President Biden that “We can keep our K-through-12 schools open, and that’s exactly what we should be doing.”


Between a crushing epidemic of learning loss and deteriorating mental health, kids are suffering even more today than in 2020. We cannot move backwards: we must move forward and restore normalcy, which centers on in-person school for all kids across the country.


We call on governors, mayors, superintendents, school boards, school administrators, teachers and parents to recognize the importance of in-person education for America’s children and keep our nation’s schools open.


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Arlington Parents for Education, arlingtonparentsforeducation@gmail.com

Bring Back MA https www.bringkidsbackma.org

California Students United https://www.calstudentsunited.org/

CA Parent Power, https://www.caparentpower.org/

Children First North Carolina kellylrmann@gmail.com

Davis Parent Coalition

ED300 (Oregon) www.ed300.org

Fairfax County Parents Association, FairfaxParentsAssociation@gmail.com

Families for Opening Carlsbad Schools https://www.opencusd.org/

Keep NYC Schools Open https://www.keepnycschoolsopen.org/

LCPS Can Do Better, lcpscandobetter@gmail.com

Montgomery County Families for Education and Accountability, https://togetheragainmcps.com/

Open Schools USA openschoolsusa@gmail.com

Reopen California Schools http://www.reopencaliforniaschools.com/

Unheard Parents unheardparents@gmail.com

WNY Students First http://www.wnystudentsfirst.org/

Delmarva Parent Teacher Coalition https://www.delmarvaptc.org

United for Freedom MD unitedforfreedommd@gmail.com

Baltimore County Parent And Student Coalition https://www.baltimorecountyparentandstudentcoalition.com/

C.O.M.P.S. Coalition of Maryland Parents & Students compsmd24@gmail.com



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