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Coalition of Parent Advocates Issue Urgent Call to Keep Schools Open

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January 3, 2022

Contact: Scott Davison

Natalya Murakhver:

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.

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.


Arlington Parents for Education,

Bring Back MA https

California Students United

Children First North Carolina

Davis Parent Coalition

ED300 (Oregon)

Fairfax County Parents Association,

Families for Opening Carlsbad Schools

LCPS Can Do Better,

Montgomery County Families for Education and Accountability,

Open Schools USA

Reopen California Schools

Unheard Parents

Delmarva Parent Teacher Coalition

United for Freedom MD

Baltimore County Parent And Student Coalition

C.O.M.P.S. Coalition of Maryland Parents & Students

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