(TargetLiberty.org) – We’re a year into the battle against COVID-19, and many schools are still closed across the country. In California, one of the largest cities is suing its school district because it refuses to open for optional in-class attendance.
On February 11, San Francisco filed a lawsuit to force its school district to reopen in-person learning for students. City Attorney Dennis Herrera’s motion included testimony from parents and health officials who are concerned about the harm being caused by the closures. A report from The New York Post indicates that one mother discussed her 7-year-old’s “depression and anger,” while another mom said her 15-year-old cries during the school day because she’s so frustrated.
Distance learning is not the same thing as school, not even close. That's why today I filed for an emergency court order to open SF public schools.
We'll be in court March 22 for a hearing on the motion. https://t.co/yafAhgRX9S
— Dennis Herrera (@dennisherrera) February 11, 2021
According to UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, there’s been a 66% increase in the number of kids who are experiencing suicidal thoughts. School closures are being cited as a possible reason for the increase.
The fact that schools are still closed in areas is mind-blowing. Many districts around the country have implemented systems that split learning, with Burbio’s K-12 School Opening Tracker showing that a majority of areas are offering at least some in-person instruction. For the sake of students’ education and their mental health, it makes sense to work toward the goal of getting as many kids back in the classroom as possible.
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