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To: Princeton Public Schools Board and Dr. Kelley

Offer Temporary Virtual Schooling at Princeton Public Schools

With high schools and universities around the country transitioning to a virtual or hybrid option, Princeton needs to be the next. The district must offer a temporary asynchronous option for students who want to stay safe in their learning amid a raging pandemic.

Why is this important?

As of December 31, Mercer County had 1,199 new positive cases (NYT), with our highest total thus far of weekly cases, 125, happening December 22-28 (Princeton Gov't). This number has increased exponentially from only a few weeks ago, due to the Omicron variant, unsafe vacations, and cold weather's negative effect on immune systems (Harvard). Over one-third of inpatient beds at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital are used by confirmed or suspected COVID patients (Patch). The state total of new student cases is at 7,716 (NJ Gov't). Testing at local centers has been overwhelmed by the number of Princetonians who are exposed to the virus. Forcing us to decide between skipping school or exposing ourselves to COVID is something the district should not pose to us. As students, we should feel comfortable in our learning environment, rather than worrying about a virus threatening our livelihood.



2022-01-20 15:57:53 -0500

Linked below is a petition to ensure lunch safety started by a different student at PHS! This is entirely separated from this petition but, if you agree with what it calls for, feel free to sign.

2022-01-16 11:00:23 -0500

Our petition was featured in the Washington Post (!!!). Just a short paragraph but it's really cool.

2022-01-03 23:20:53 -0500

We did it, everyone! I'm so happy that the administration has decided to side with students in protecting our safety. From the bottom of my heart, thank you to everyone who signed and spread the petition!!

2022-01-02 18:08:10 -0500

500 signatures reached

2022-01-01 19:35:05 -0500

100 signatures reached

2022-01-01 18:25:33 -0500

50 signatures reached

2022-01-01 16:45:03 -0500

25 signatures reached

2022-01-01 16:16:52 -0500 Unsurprising that we got no COVID notification about these confirmed cases 🙄

2022-01-01 16:11:51 -0500

10 signatures reached