We want real learning choices NOW!
Tuesday, October 13, 2020
4:00pm - Assemble at the Jesse L. Starkey Building (5980 Radio Station Road, La Plata)
4:30pm - Rally Begins!
5:00pm - Public Forum (Sign up below to speak your mind!)
Bring signs, banners, etc. and WEAR BLUE or WHITE.
Teachers, students, and families in Charles County are suffering due to the extended closure of schools due to the coronavirus pandemic. While Charles County's health metrics have been in good position for in-person learning and only continue to improve every single day, the elected Board of Education insists on a one-size-fits-all response, led by fear, to keep everyone at home in a virtual format that leaves behind our must vulnerable populations.
Every day, Reopen Charles County is contacted by parents whose kids are fraught with anxiety and showing troublesome signs of depression, isolated from the educational environment they need and have a right to. Parents of children with special needs are concerned about regression, weight-gain, loss of motivation, and mental health crises that are increasing in severity every week that children are locked out of the schools. Teenage students are missing out on unrepeatable years of extracurricular activities that shape well-rounded community members such as sports, music, drama, and service clubs.
Choices need to be given - real choices - to all families in Charles County immediately. It is a dereliction of duty for the Elected Board of Education to force the hands of tens of thousands of families. Teachers who are concerned about providing in-person instruction can continue to teach virtually to serve the populations of students who choose the virtual option. Those teachers who are able and willing to return to the classroom can be immediately paired with the students electing to return to in-person learning.
We are rallying at the Board of Education on Tuesday, October 13 to show the elected members that the community is finished with their timid decision-making. Students come first!