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In-Person Learning Vancouver Public Schools

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To: Vancouver School District Superintendent Dr. Steve Webb

Vancouver School District Parents, Teachers, and Children Support

Opening Vancouver Schools

Anderson, Chinook, Eisenhower, Felida, Franklin, Fruit Valley, Harney, Hazel Dell, Hough, King, Lakeshore, Leiser Campus, Lincoln, Marshall, Minnehaha, Ogden, Roosevelt, Sacajawea, Salmon Creek, Truman, Walnut Grove, Washington, Alki, Discovery, Gaiser, iTech Preparatory, Jason Lee, Jefferson, Leiser Campus, McLoughlin, Vancouver School of Art and Academics, Columbia River, Fort Vancouver, Hudson’s Bay, Skyview, Vancouver Flex Academy

WHEREAS: When families, communities and schools work together, students are more successful and the entire community benefits. (Source: US Department of Education). The haphazard decision to move public education to on-line learning model is putting children, parents, and the entire Vancouver community in a perilous situation, and

WHEREAS: In July the United States District Court agreed: “Governor Inslee does not, will not, and cannot enforce his Proclamations” (Seattle Times) regarding Covid-19. Inslee then admitted that all enforcement powers rest with other officials. The “other officials” are the various government agencies i.e. Health Department, Education Department etc. Covid guidelines are not laws—they are guidelines that leave much room for real collaboration between school district leadership, parents, and students without fear of legal repercussions, and

WHEREAS: There are alternative ways to combat Covid 19. A one size fits all approach to combat a virus is not how science works, and it’s not how free societies and communities prosper. Three of the world’s top medical scientists from Stanford, Oxford, and Harvard have recommended an alternative road map that greatly considers the real negative consequences of children not physically attending school as well as offering sound science on natural “herd immunity” to combat all viruses. (Source: The Great Barrington Declaration), and

WHEREAS: During the Buck Institute webinar in July,The Center of Disease Control (CDC) Director, Robert Redfield, said that suicides and drug overdoses have surpassed the death rate of Covid19 among high school students. Redfield argued that lockdowns and lack of public schooling constituted a disproportionally negative impact on young people’s mental health;

THEREFORE: I insist that our District Superintendent Dr. Steve Webb work with Parents and Students to end on-line learning and support fully OPENING VANCOUVER SCHOOLS, per the “Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, “Reopening Washington Schools 2020: District Planning Guide”

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