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Petition to Move to Full Time In-Person WFB Elementary School

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From March of 2020, the Whitefish Bay school district has struggled to continue to provide a high level of education to its students amidst almost daily changes due to COVID-19. The information used to make important decisions regarding operations has been inconsistent and ever changing. The knowledge we now have has stressed the heavy importance of the mental health of our children, stating that the risk to their mental health is higher than that of any COVID transmission. “The nation’s top infectious disease expert [Anthony Fauci] just urged schools to reopen. We hope school officials in Madison and across Wisconsin were listening — those who have kept most of their students at home for online learning during the pandemic. School officials should be ready to open for the second semester in late January, at least for elementary school students.” (

“COVID-19 has uprooted lives and regular routines, making life more difficult practically, financially and emotionally for many families, and it also has taught us much about community. School leaders have observed and monitored how individual and collective actions have impacted the health and safety of everyone.” A letter from Area Superintendents, Oct. 19, 2020.

We, as parents, cannot sit by to watch our children miss out on crucial educational, developmental, and social needs. It has been stated that “within the Whitefish Bay School District, whole child development has always been paramount for our students. Increasing student connectedness, belonging, and engagement is a top priority in our learning community.” Mr. Justin Nies WFB letter, Dec. 7 2020. We, as parents, petition the Whitefish Bay School Board to immediately reopen the elementary schools to provide Full time school, while still providing a full virtual option for parents who choose to opt out.

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