Petition to continue online courses
This petition is to bring attention to a few pressing concerns that have been raised in regards to returning back to school this semester. According to the CDC, California is the third highest infected state, with 54, 937 reported cases of Covid-19 and a total of 2, 254 deaths as of May 5th. While I understand that Governor Newsome is implementing Phase 2 of reopening the economy, I am not confident that returning back at this time is in the best interest for the health of the faculty, student body, and patients treated at Yo San.
From the current information and data, we know the carriers of the virus can be asymptomatic, we don’t know if the antibodies for those who have contracted the virus can prevent them from getting it again, nor much about the mutations as so little is known about this virus in general. Simply adding additional classes to reduce class size or human interaction is not a sufficient response.
Mitigating exposure is the safest and surest way to protect our community, thus online courses should continue, or at least be an option for all students who are concerned with returning to in-person classes. Furthermore, we should be in compliance with LAUSD , which is currently closed until further notice.
Being that we are an institution where health and wellness is a priority and of the utmost importance, not treating this with more severity seems not only negligent, but contrary to what we stand for.