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To: Mayor Bill deBlasio and Chancellor Richard Carranza

NYC Schools: Don't Create MORE Chaos for Parents

Reverse your decision to force parents to choose next week between in-person and remote school for the rest of the year. Your decision is counter to all the communications families have received for months and is only going to create more chaos and confusion among families across the city. Guarantee opt-in periods later in the year, as planned and promised.

Why is this important?

We all know this school year is unlike any other. Parents, guardians, teachers, administrators, staff and city leaders have to work together to make it work. However, the new announcement — that families can only opt into hybrid learning over during one period in November — is counter to that spirit of collaboration, and to all the communications families have been basing decisions on.

Families have been told there would be multiple periods to switch from remote-only to hybrid. This has helped families make balanced decisions — about what they are comfortable with for their family's health, what works for their child's particular learning style, and how their plan relates to the reality of covid infections.

Forcing families to choose now runs against the promises made and against plans families have made. It means placing bets for the rest of the year based on fast-changing information -- with our kids' education at stake. And it means asking all of us to put faith in a system that is showing no reason for us to believe it can maintain its commitments. What is being offered in terms of instruction, safety, care for our kids' development is so uneven school to school -- and, as the chancellor has shown, may keep changing.

We all agree that remote schooling needs more attention and resources. But changing plans and rushing families doesn't solve that.

We need to focus on resources for all students: More teachers, more support for technology, more staff that attends to social-emotional development, more nurses. Last-minute changes forcing rushed decisions isn't a good foundation for that work.

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Reasons for signing

  • I can understand that constantly readjusting classes can be a challenge for staff. But at the very least make the next opt in period in early 2021. Give families time to plan. Let us see COVID does this winter, how close we are to a vaccine, better understand the effectiveness of blending vs remote learning, etc.
  • It is important for the families to have that option to sign into in-person learning in 2 months.
  • I would like to know the COVID situation over the next few months before I send my kids to school. It is too early to decide whether kids are doing good with full remote and as parents we will be forced to opt for blended classes even though we are not ready for it now. This could cause mental stress on both parents & students.

Updates

2020-10-27 21:11:23 -0400

1,000 signatures reached

2020-10-27 12:02:23 -0400

500 signatures reached

2020-10-26 21:49:52 -0400

100 signatures reached

2020-10-26 20:22:56 -0400

50 signatures reached

2020-10-26 20:00:43 -0400

25 signatures reached

2020-10-26 19:40:28 -0400

10 signatures reached