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Letter: Schools must ensure both safety and equality this fall

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Letter to the editor

Deseret News

Granite School District has been asked repeatedly about social distancing in the classrooms. District leadership has failed to offer a viable solution. Instead, Granite has consistently offered this statement: “Our surveys indicate that anywhere between 27%-51% of parents are uncomfortable sending their students back to school during a yellow and even green condition. Not all of our students are coming back and will use distance learning options. If up to 30% of our students are not in the classroom, it will allow for better options to help with social distancing, but the masks are for those circumstances wherein social distancing is not possible.”

We must demand Granite District adopts a safety plan which values the diversity of its population and ensures equitable access to in-person learning to ensure equity. District leadership has banked on students not returning to classrooms because the risk is too great. By failing to develop a plan where students and parents feel safe enough to attend, Granite has failed to offer an equitable and accessible education to its students. Students with disabilities and other at-risk groups benefit the most from in-person teacher instruction. However, Granite’s plan essentially denies access to its most vulnerable students.

We must demand Granite District adopts a safety plan which values the diversity of its population and ensures equitable access to in-person learning to ensure equity.

Jeorgi Bernard

Kearns