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Pocatello/Chubbuck 25 parents Concerns

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As parents in the Pocatello/Chubbuck School District 25 we have concerns that our voices are not being listened to.We are disheartened by the districts attempt to silence our voices by not providing results of surveys for public consideration, and by employing rules that only represent a portion of it’s parents and learners.Also schools within the district are following and employing a myriad of different rules.Some requiring masks and others are not. Some schools are allowing students to choose attendance days others are not.This inconsistent rule selection further distances the students and parents from what should be a uniform and consistent experience.

District 25 has limited the days that students are allowed to have in school instruction, in direct violation of district policy 8101, 8101-P, and Idaho Code 33-202.District 25 has also provided rules to accommodate those who believe that masks and social distancing are necessary for a return to school.Through the denial of student rights to attend, district 25 is willfully endangering the current and future academic success of our students. Through the forced mandate of masks the mental health of the student has been harmed and unnecessary stress added to what should be a safe environment.

Furthermore the blatant disregard of statistical evidence proving the low risk physical harm to students through the contraction of Covid 19 to the k-20 age group points to selective bias in the formation, and implementation of current policy.The mental health of the learner has been placed behind the fears of adults, and the rights of parents as the ultimate caretaker of the child disregarded.

Due to fear of retaliation many individual voices are silenced.However we can no longer hide behind the trenches dug by silence and turning a blind eye.As Parents of district 25 we demand the following.

1. Parents of learners will decide whether their student follows one of three courses of action:
a.Follow district rules for online learning
b.Follow district rules for hybrid schedule
c.Attend daily full time schedule
2.Parents of learners be allowed to decide if their student wear a mask or not.

It is expected that District 25 will provide a response to these demands in a timely manner.

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