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Coalition of Parent Advocates Issue Urgent Call to Keep Schools Open
January 3, 2022
Contact: Scott Davison firstname.lastname@example.org
Natalya Murakhver: email@example.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.
Arlington Parents for Education, firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Montgomery County Families for Education and Accountability, https://togetheragainmcps.com/
Open Schools USA email@example.com
Reopen California Schools http://www.reopencaliforniaschools.com/
Unheard Parents firstname.lastname@example.org
WNY Students First http://www.wnystudentsfirst.org/
Delmarva Parent Teacher Coalition https://www.delmarvaptc.org
United for Freedom MD email@example.com
Baltimore County Parent And Student Coalition https://www.baltimorecountyparentandstudentcoalition.com/
C.O.M.P.S. Coalition of Maryland Parents & Students firstname.lastname@example.org