Let your Elected and State School Officials know TODAY that you do NOT support mandating CDC guidelines in our schools!
According to the World Health Organization, coronavirus patients without symptoms (asymptomatic) are not driving the spread of this virus and transmission from an asymptomatic carrier is 'rare'. Attempting to adhere to the recommended CDC guidelines will not only add to the financial burden of our schools but create an environment damaging to both students and teachers. It's time to make your voice heard.
What is the CDC recommending?
The CDC recommended guidelines for re-opening schools include:
- Masks for all over the age of 2
- No sharing of any items or supplies, all belongings in individual cubbies or labeled containers; no sharing electronic devices, toys, games, learning aids
- Desks 6 feet apart, all facing the same way
- Distance on school buses- one child per seat, skip rows
- Install sneeze guards and partitions wherever you cannot space 6ft apart
- One-way routes in hallways; tape on sidewalks and walls to ensure kids stay 6 feet apart
- No communal shared spaces - cafeterias, playgrounds (this means NO RECESS or sports)
- Physical barriers or screens between sinks in bathrooms
- Only pre-packages boxes or bags of food instead of cafeteria food; kids eat in classrooms
- No field trips, assemblies, or external organizations in the schools. Limit volunteers and visitors
- Same children stay with same staff all day, no switching groups, or teachers. (This means not being able to switch to the art room, the music room, the library, or different subjects)
- Stagger arrival and departure times for students to limit exposure to crowds of kids.
- If possible, daily health and temperature checks
- Several rules about cleaning and disinfecting throughout the day and hand washing frequently
Parents have deep concerns over this restricted learning environment that promotes isolation from other children while forcing healthy individuals to wear a mask. Implementing these recommendations would not only destroy the schools financially but prevent the special needs programs from effectively providing services. The autism-related programs where children need to be encouraged to interact with others will not be able to operate with social distancing measures. Services such as speech therapy and occupational therapy would be greatly impacted by the inability to see the mouth or to physically guide a student for fine motor instruction. Social distancing and masks day in and day out, especially for all younger children in their formative years, will leave psychological and social damage that will undoubtedly last for years.
Importantly, these measures will cause families who are unwilling to expose their children to these forms of social isolation to consider homeschooling or leave employment to support their child's educational needs. A loss of enrollment will cause further financial loss to our schools which have already taken a blow from economic shutdown. We can't let that happen.
Also, to date there are no studies or cases of documented asymptomatic transmission of COVID-19 and the WHO confirmed recently that asymptomatic transmission is 'rare'. It has also been noted that children and individuals outside of at-risk categories have little to no chance of risk of complications from COVID-19. Most recent data demonstrate COVID-19 case fatality rate is at 0.26% which is akin to a bad seasonal flu - much below original estimates of 4-10% fatality rate.
Importantly, the data now available does NOT merit the dramatic response being proposed for schools.
Take action TODAY by sending a message to all of your elected officials (federal and state), the US Secretary of Education, the State Superintendent, State Board of Education and most of Governor Whitmer's appointed Return to Learning Advisory Council.
If you have a personal perspective to share as a teacher, student, parent, or concerned citizen please briefly add your input into the top section above the provided message. You can also adjust the suggested message we provide as you see fit. If these measures would result in a decision to pull your child from the schools or if you are a school employee considering leaving your position as a result -- be sure to mention.
Please pass this on to friends and family to take action.
Documentation of CDC recommendations can be found here:
WHO data showing no confirmation of asymptomatic transmission:
Summary of COVID-19 Disease Severity: