By writer to www.oconeeenterprise.com
A mom has a daughter with a listening to incapacity.
A father is a kidney transplant recipient with two sons within the college system.
A highschool pupil sees lots of her friends “masking up” however a superb variety of them additionally refusing to take action.
These individuals all have one factor in widespread: they wish to preserve Oconee County Colleges open. Some simply have completely different options on accomplish that purpose.
Greater than 20 residents, together with each mother and father and college students, spoke at Monday’s Board of Training assembly about their wishes on how OCS ought to proceed with the spring semester.
Moreover, 4 principals and Pupil Providers Director Dallas LeDuff supplied updates about COVID-19 mitigation measures.
Residents give enter
Kidney transplant recipient George McMahon stated he and his household moved to the county throughout the pandemic as a result of they knew faculties could be open for his center college boys.
Nevertheless, he didn’t suppose it was conducive to pupil studying for his or different youngsters with immunocompromised relations to be trying round their classroom to see if they may transfer or looking for an excuse to get out of sophistication.
NOHS sophomore Anna Kai Takeuchi, whose mom is a normal practitioner, additionally spoke in help of a masks mandate at Monday’s assembly.
She cited a College of California research which acknowledged that carrying a masks would convey down an space’s an infection charges by 65 %. She additionally shared that she frequently sees a few of her fellow college students disregarding well being guidelines and proposals.
“We’re not calling for faculties to shut. We’re not calling to go surfing,” she added. “We’re calling for a masks mandate in order that we will preserve faculties open, and we consider that is the most secure means to take action.”
Jenny Smith spoke in help of OCS as a mom of 4 youngsters. She wished the varsity system to stay open in order that different households don’t need to navigate the difficulties of distance studying once more. Within the spring, she needed to educate 5 college students and assist certainly one of her daughters, who can’t hear in a single ear, navigate distance studying.
She identified a WSB-TV report which discovered that college students in 173 of Georgia’s college districts, together with Oconee, had been negatively impacted by the “digital divide” of distant studying.
She stated many youngsters by no means logged onto their distance studying platforms.
“Every household unit is probably the most certified to make well being, mask-wearing and academic selections for his or her children,” Smith stated. “They have already got all the pieces they should determine the most suitable choice for his or her household.”
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