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High school families rally for students to return to classrooms

Original post made on Feb 25, 2021

On Tuesday, after nearly a year of distance learning, about 125 students, parents and teachers rallied for the Sequoia Union High School District to reopen its classrooms when San Mateo County improves to the COVID-19 red tier.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, February 25, 2021, 10:44 AM

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Posted by local teacher
a resident of Menlo Park: Menlo Oaks
on Feb 25, 2021 at 12:38 pm

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As a local teacher for a private school that has been in person since fall, I cannot underscore enough how much better my students (middle school) are learning in person. Depression and academic regression are very real. We've done our best for distance learning, but the face-to-face connection (including students connecting to each other) is critical. I still have some students DL and it has been hard to juggle both, but I can see the difference in my students' academics as evidenced by reviewing their testing scores. That is to say nothing of their genuine happiness. Our staff is spread thin as we've had to protect those teachers that could not be in person due to being more at risk, but it has been 1 million percent worth it to our students. Hopes and prayers that the rest of our community's students can return in person soon.

Posted by Amy H
a resident of Menlo Park: Suburban Park/Lorelei Manor/Flood Park Triangle
on Feb 25, 2021 at 3:47 pm

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There's so much good news and all signs point to returning to Not only has San Mateo County moved to the red tier, teachers are now eligible for vaccines, and CDC guidance has come out saying that with safety measures in place and case rates way above our area's currently, it's safe to return to school. Masking + distancing is as effective as vaccines which is why it's working in every other sector. Let's get our kids back to school where they belong.

Posted by local resident
a resident of Menlo Park: Suburban Park/Lorelei Manor/Flood Park Triangle
on Mar 1, 2021 at 9:36 am

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So the key here is to safely open up the schools following the science, not how many sign a petition. I understand students are suffering and parents want their children back in schools, as does everybody. But there is nothing in this article about protecting the teachers and staff by vaccination prior to opening the schools. This is an obvious requirement for safe reopening in-person schools.

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