Support of Choice for Full-Time, In-Person Instruction
To the Davis County Community School District Board of Directors:
On August 6, 2020, the Davis County Community School District Superintendent acknowledged that the data regarding COVID-19 did not support implementing a hybrid model, stated a commitment to return to full-time, in-person instruction, and announced the implementation of a hybrid model for two weeks. The Superintendent clearly stated that the District was adopting the full-time, in-person model, but this was an exercise so the District is prepared in case the data changed to require a hybrid model. The Superintendent promised our community that the District would return to full-time in-person instruction after the two week "exercise." On September 4, 2020, the Davis County Community School District stated that the exercise was "relatively successful," but nonetheless stated a desire to extend the hybrid model despite a lack of material change in the data from August 6, 2020. As parents, community members, and/or taxpayers in the Davis County Community School District, we are firmly opposed to the extension of the hybrid model. The stated intent of implementing the hybrid model was as an exercise. The District has acknowledged it is satisfied with the results of the exercise, and the data regarding COVID-19 has not changed to require extending the hybrid model. There is, therefore, no basis to extend the hybrid model and cause further damage to the students in our District.
The hybrid model has serious adverse implications for our students. Limiting in-person learning to two days a week slows learning development, causes unnecessary stress on children who cannot develop a routine, and has had a severe impact on our children. As the District acknowledges in its own Policy 501.10, "[r]egular attendance by the students at school is essential for students to obtain the maximum opportunities from the education program." We demand that the Davis County Community School District follow the rule it has long acknowledged – that consistent, in-person instruction is best for our children – and immediately provide all children with the opportunity for regular, in-person instruction on a full-time basis.