Letter to the editor: School board letting kids down

Posted 1/28/21

School board letting kids down I, along with many parents, am very frustrated by the Douglas County Board of Education’s decision to delay middle- and high-schoolers’ return to in-person …

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Letter to the editor: School board letting kids down

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School board letting kids down

I, along with many parents, am very frustrated by the Douglas County Board of Education’s decision to delay middle- and high-schoolers’ return to in-person learning. The school board’s decision to continue remote learning, though well-intentioned, will prolong the damage to our children and disregards what science is telling us. Our kids deserve and need better.

Our children are suffering academic, mental, and social/emotional harm from remote learning. The DCSD superintendent recently acknowledged a “significant slide in grades” is taking place. Nationally, mental health-related emergency room visits for kids are up 25-30% this past year.

Yet the science says in-person learning does not increase COVID spread. The CDC says schools are one of the safest places for children. Charters, private schools, and nearby public-school districts are proving that in-person schooling can be done safely for children and teachers.

So what do we as parents do?

In the near term, we should continue being the voice of our children to the school board — emailing them and speaking at board meetings.

We can also take advantage of public school choice via open enrollment (which includes charter schools and other innovative options) — a short-term action that can deliver benefits next school year and beyond.

A third (longer-term) thing we can do is stand up for our children in school board elections later this year — voting for people who will listen to science, to the families they serve, and who put our children’s education first. Those are the types of leaders that our children deserve.

Will Johnson

Highlands Ranch

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