Call to Action - Express your concerns about the CDC considerations for re-opening schools
"The philosophy of the schoolroom in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next" -Abraham Lincoln
On May 19, 2020, the CDC published considerations for schools to help “protect students, teachers, administrators, and staff and slow the spread of COVID-19.” Think about what psychological health problems might arise from this "new normal" after you read the guidelines using the link below.
Schools are encouraged to collaborate with state and local health officials to determine whether and how to implement these considerations.
Remember these are just guidelines and we can chime in to voice our disapproval. Learn what you can do to help below.
The following is compliments of Florida Freedom Keepers
WHAT TO DO:⠀
Call, email, submit public testimony (if/ when possible). Express any concerns you have about the ”considerations” in general and/or specific components. ⠀
WHO TO CONTACT:⠀
Teachers, administration, staff⠀
Parent Teacher Associations (PTAs)⠀
School Board members ⠀
Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction⠀
Legislators (see Resource link, or your District tile for contact information)⠀
Local public health officials (vary by⠀
A few ideas for talking points: ⠀
Healthy people, especially children, should not wear face masks (cite studies)⠀
Non-verbal communication makes up over 90% of our communication, thus masks inhibit the ability to engage and learn properly⠀
Interaction and activity are essential for social and emotional development ⠀
The mental health and wellness of our children is just as important as their physical well-being⠀
Many of these restrictions inhibit creativity, teamwork and the development of talents⠀
If your children are old enough, consider including them in this project! Have them write how these considerations, if adopted, would impact them! ⠀
Additional links to resources for talking points is available via www.flfreedomkeepers.org
Florida’s Department of Education information; K-12 public school contacts:
www.fldoe.org Coronavirus (COVID-19) The Florida Department of Education (FDOE) is working closely with the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Communities, Schools, Workplaces, & Events Cleaning and Disinfecting: Everyday steps, when someone is sick, and considerations for employers.