Save Oneonta Students
Whereas, Oneonta City School District initiated a hybrid learning model for the 2020-21 school year which has been twice interrupted by significant delays;
Whereas, this hybrid learning model has resulted in many students not receiving special education and other services as required by state education policies and state law;
Whereas, the governor of New York State recently issued guidance recommending the return to students to full in-person learning and indicated schools were not a major vector for COVID-19;
Whereas, New York City has successfully reopened hundreds of schools and returned tens of thousands of students to full-time learning;
Whereas, many schools across Upstate New York have returned to full-time, in-person learning or are planning to;
Whereas, scientific research has predominantly found that in-person learning at school is not a significant vector for COVID-19;
Whereas, many faculty and staff at Oneonta CSD have received COVID-19 vaccinations and have protection against the virus;
Whereas, the hybrid learning model and the two periods of full remote learning have caused significant social-emotional and academic damage to hundreds of Oneonta students and have negatively impacted many families;
We the undersigned petitioners request Oneonta City School District administrators and board of education to immediately begin planning for and/or implementation of the following:
- Develop and initiate a plan to return ALL students in grades K-8 to full-time, in-person learning five days a week by April 12, with a priority given for immediate return to students with IEPs or 504s (special education).
- Allow students in grades 9 through 12 who wish to come back full-time and where there is capacity to accommodate them, to return to full-time, in-person learning five days a week starting April 12.
- End Wellness Wednesdays immediately and convert them to remote learning days for all students until such time that students can be brought back full time.
- Offer no-cost, in-person tutoring and social-emotional support programming during Spring Break, between April 5 through April 9 to families who request it.
- Continue to allow families the option for full-time remote learning for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year.
- Initiate a school-parent-community group to study opportunities for both academic, social-emotional and recreational services that will be offered at no or minimal cost to Oneonta students during the summer break.