To: Governor Ron DeSantis
Keep Florida School buildings closed in 2020-2021
Keep Florida school buildings closed through Fall semester 2020. Shift all students to remote instruction.
Why is this important?
There is no way to keep students, teachers, staff, bus drivers and cafeteria workers safe if they report to school buildings. Until there is 100% assurance that children will not bring COVID-19 home from school, no school buildings should reopen in Florida.
Remote instruction is feasible, and in cases where parents cannot handle instruction a tutoring program should be established to ensure that kids can keep learning. This can be accomplished state-wide or district by district. If families do not have computers or internet access, these resources should be provided by the Florida Department of Education, by federal funding, or by community foundations.
Reevaluate this position in January 2021 and/or after an effective COVID-19 vaccine has been developed and tested and is widely available.
How it will be delivered
When we hit a significant threshold we will hold a digital press event and will announce the status of the petition, letting Florida residents know that it is still available to sign. Then after another round of signatures we'll deliver the signatures in a very public manner, stressing that we are being careful to keep the recipient (the Governor) and the messengers safe.