KLEIN ISD MASK OPTION WAIVER
Today , September 2nd, 2020 was Klein ISD‘s “on-campus” face to face learning & “online” simulation.
We would like to take the time to thank all Klein ISD staff for their commitment to providing our students with the information, guidance and tools deemed necessary in order to begin the 2020-2021 academic school year.
Parents and students alike are excited about klein ISD reopening. Many of us chose “on-campus” learning for our students because in person classroom instruction has the added benefit for many students of interpersonal interaction between the student and the teacher and the student and peers. Teachers are able to more actively participate in student learning, provide feedback as students encounter challenges and promote active learning among students. Special education students usually require in class support and by choosing “on-campus” learning we agree that the academic, mental and physical benefits of in-person learning outweigh the risks.
Our students are excited about returning to school. Learning in person, seeing old friends, making new ones, meeting their teachers (face to face) & having some much needed social interaction. Unfortunately, many of us did not get positive feedback from our students after today’s simulations. Many of us were told that due to the mask mandates, students and staff were non social, anxious, uncomfortable and some even experienced difficulty breathing and/or communicating with those around them.
Due to the teachers having to give “in-person” and “online instruction” simultaneously many had our “on-campus “ students on zooms in most classes just like the students at home..,The only difference was our students “on-campus” are required to wear a mask. Many of our students were told by their teachers that this will be a daily experience.
We recognize the importance of ensuring the general welfare and protecting the health of the community. Schools are an important part of the infrastructure of communities and play a critical role in supporting the whole child, not just their academic achievement.
Governor Greg Abbott recently stated that local school districts have the discretion over when and how to begin the 2020-2021 school year.
We believe Klein ISD should implement a waiver of choice. This waiver would give parents and caregivers the opportunity to make a sound decision with their students and families allowing them to choose whether or not wearing a mask for the duration of each school day is a good choice for them.
When we reach our goal this petition will be presented to the superintendent of Klein ISD, the Texas education agency and Governor Greg Abbott.
End of petition.