In an online petition, some parents are calling for a hybrid model for students in the fall.
FAIRFAX COUNTY, Virginia – Hundreds of people have signed an online petition demanding that Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) come up with a hybrid model for returning students in the fall. Fairfax County Public Schools plan to bring students back in person in the fall.
In a Change.org petition to the management and board members of Fairfax County Public Schools, Ritika Anand said she was concerned about student safety given the rise of the Delta variant. and the fact that children under 12 are not eligible to get a vaccine yet.
“While we understand that in-person schooling is the best option for our children to learn and grow, protecting our children during a pandemic is just as important to their well-being,” the petition states.
Fairfax County Public Schools will require masks to be worn at all times by students and staff indoors and on school buses to begin the 2021-22 school year, the school district announced last month, in accordance with the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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“Masks will be worn at all times by staff and students indoors and on school buses, but are not required for eating or outside during recess, physical education or other activities.” FCPS said in its letter to parents. “Universal masking is a critical factor in ensuring that all students can return to our buildings, especially when social distancing is not possible and not all of our students are yet eligible for vaccinations.”
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FCPS Superintendent Dr. Scott Braband is retiring after 30 years with the district at the end of the school year. He told WUSA9 he was excited to return to in-person learning.
“The worst of the pandemic is over. We’re going to have a normal year with multi-layered prevention strategies to keep children and staff safe. But we’ll bring 99.5% of all our students back to in-person teaching this fall. It’s super exciting, ”said Braband.
To date, the online petition has around 700 signatures.
Fairfax County Public Schools have approximately 180,000 students.
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