Parent Opt Out Letter for COVID-19

Gov. Cuomo has determined that he will make a decision about schools reopening in early August. Many parents may chose to have their child be homeschooled or do fully remote instruction for the 2020-2021 school year. In case of issue, we have included an opt out letter you can use if your district is giving you a hard time.

The American Academy of Pediatrics revised statement in issuing guidance of schools reopening. If you are going to use going to use AAP’s guidance in your letter and agenda, please be sure to keep it current based on this statement.

“Local school leaders, public health experts, educators and parents must be at the center of decisions about how and when to reopen schools, taking into account the spread of COVID-19 in their communities and the capacities of school districts to adapt safety protocols to make in-person learning safe and feasible. For instance, schools in areas with high levels of COVID-19 community spread should not be compelled to reopen against the judgment of local experts. A one-size-fits-all approach is not appropriate for return to school decisions.

“Reopening schools in a way that maximizes safety, learning, and the well-being of children, teachers, and staff will clearly require substantial new investments in our schools and campuses. We call on Congress and the administration to provide the federal resources needed to ensure that inadequate funding does not stand in the way of safely educating and caring for children in our schools. Withholding funding from schools that do not open in person fulltime would be a misguided approach, putting already financially strapped schools in an impossible position that would threaten the health of students and teachers.”

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