Many of you have seen what the CDC is recommending for “safely” reopening schools. These guidelines include no more than 10 students in a class with desks 6 ft apart, no sharing electronics, pencils, or anything for that matter, staggered arrivals, 6 ft distance maintained even during recess, and the use of face masks. Anyone with any ability to think rationally can see that this proposed blueprint intended to ensure “safety” is incredulously far from safe and is downright inhumane. These expectations will deprive our children of the very behavior which naturally makes them CHILDREN. How can we expect a child to thrive emotionally and academically when their health is being put at risk through oxygen deprivation??
Brand new science (May 28) released from Northern Ireland clearly shows that schoolchildren do NOT serve as vectors for COVID-19. Titled, No evidence of secondary transmission of COVID-19 from children attending school in Ireland, 2020, the study could not be more clear:
These findings suggest that schools are not a high risk setting for transmission of COVID-19 between pupils or between staff and pupils. Given the burden of closure outlined by Bayhem  and Van Lanker , reopening of schools should be considered as an early rather than a late measure in the lifting of restriction.
If you have children in the public school system you are probably just as concerned as I am. I’m more than concerned, I’m outraged! It is unfathomable that anyone who claims to be looking out for the best interest of our keiki could in the same breath condone this dehumanizing and torturous NONSENSE!
We must stand up and let it be known that WE DO NOT CONSENT!
To take action, simply click “READ THE PETITION” in the box below to view a form letter we wrote which you can share with our policy makers. And, if you agree to the content, you’ll just enter your information and click “SIGN NOW” and we will email this letter on your behalf to:
- Department of Education: Dr. Christine M. Kishimoto (Superintendent)
- Hawai’i Association of Independent Schools: Philip J. Bossert PhD (Executive Director)
- Senate Committee on Education: Senator Michelle M Kidani (Chair), Donna Mercado Kim (Vice Chair), and Donovan Dela Cruz (Member)
- Governor David Ige
- Lt. Governor Josh Green
- Mayor Derek Kawakami, Mayor Kirk Caldwell, Mayor Harry Kim and Mayor Michael Victorino
Not only will we send the email on your behalf, but we are collecting your signature to submit this as a petition to our legislature. So, please, help us take action for our children and let your voice be heard!