Over 400 parents demand Lakeland schools return to full-time in-person learning
More than 400 Lakeland School
parents are demanding their kids return to in-person learning five days a week.
Five parents wrote a letter
to the district demanding that kids return to school full time. So far, more
than 400 parents have signed in agreement.
The letter is a long one and lists out pages of comments from parents
that give you an eye into what their children are going through mental and
physically with remote learning. Things like:
Lacking social interaction
Anxiety & depression
The Lakeland Central School
District oversees eight schools with over 5,000 students. Currently, they are
on a hybrid model like many other districts.
Kids are in school physically
two days a week. Parents say they want five days in school as an option. "We are starting to allow
some riskier activities such as some attendance in stadiums, high-risk sports
in the high schools, things of that nature, so I think that school is
essential," says parent Marissa DePierro.
The parents will give the
letter to the school district at the next board meeting, which is scheduled for
next Thursday. "The hope is that the district will encourage parent involvement as equal stakeholders in the reopening process like other districts have done. Bring the parents and the teachers and the administration together to find practical solutions to embrace schools reopening like other districts have done," says parent Dan Knoblich.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brendan Lyons says the
district hasn’t received the letter, but is
aware that families and students are struggling with remote learning. In a
statement, she says, in part, they would like to increase in-person learning, but are evaluating when the time is right.
“Make no mistake, we agree that in-person learning is best for students under
normal circumstances. However, the District has been operating under the
conditions created by the COVID-19 global pandemic and prioritizing the health
and safety of students, staff and families by adhering
to guidance from the CDC, NYDOH, Westchester DOH, and our district
physician. With the increase in vaccination availability and rapid
testing supplies, as well as the declining case positivity rates, we are
hopeful that the NY DOH will provide updated and unambiguous guidance to
schools on the issue of social distancing in the near future. I look
forward to providing an update to the Board of Education at next