One Day Zoom Boycott of GUSD

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By Brandon Priest

Hello to the 70 - 80% of Goleta Union School District (GUSD) families that want in-person classes to open.

GUSD continues to fail our children both educationally and socially.  They have continued to ignore the CDC's recommendation to open schools. I encourage you to PLEASE read:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/reopening-schools.html .  

GUSD didn’t even bother to apply for a waiver while 30 other schools in our district jumped on the chance. Why not at least try? This signifies pure negligence from our administrators. 

GUSD’s “robust” distant learning program is abysmal at best. Less than 2 hours of instructions by a teacher and the rest of the day is scheduled for “independent studies”.  Good luck getting our younger children to work independently.

My child's teacher told her entire Zoom class that "GUSD has no intentions of opening until January at the earliest."  Regardless of what the CDC recommends or what science is telling us?  We just moved into the RED Tier which allows schools to open in 14 days under some modified conditions.  Our administrators said they have been working on in-person modifications since March.  Are they going to open Oct 13th?  According to one teacher, NO WAY.

My child is a good student, above average on every assessment test since kindergarten, actively participates in class, received achievement awards every year and never missed a day of school or been late.  Now, according to her schools "assessment data", under their "ROBUST" online teaching program she has fallen below the 28th percentile in math and 16th percentile for reading.  I will gladly take some responsibility for this drop as I try to work full time from home and teach during "independent work" time.  But, as I'm not a teacher and I am working, I can only do so much of THEIR job.  

In the meantime, they rearranged her daily schedule (ZOOM class time), without any notice and without consulting me first, to accommodate their time slotted groupings for underachieving students. smh!  Just because I work remotely doesn't mean I can change my schedule on the drop of a dime. 

GUSD refuses to listen to their student families so our voices need to be louder. Make a difference and be collectively heard by boycotting Zoom for one day on Monday 10/5. Spend the day with your kids teaching or doing fun activities or going outside getting some fresh air and exercise. 

Thank you for your time.

P.S. One of the reasons I like EdHat is that it allows comments/public discussion. Please voice your thoughts. I'm sure there is a lot more to add to this OP-ED.


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CoastWatch Sep 30, 2020 11:27 AM
One Day Zoom Boycott of GUSD

The GUSD Admin does not represent the teachers that work for them- The teacher's at large, that I happen to know, WANT THE KIDS BACK IN THE CLASSROOM!
The County and State are the dictators of what is going to occur. The kids have been paying the price since March and the Administrator's have forgotten about what teaching is about- THE KIDS and more about covering their @ss and the bottomline.

mcinsb Sep 30, 2020 10:23 PM
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I know many teachers too, and have listened to many public comments at board meetings, and yes, they all want to be back in class with their kids, but none want to return until it is safe to do so. And we aren't there quite yet.

Sun Oct 01, 2020 11:13 AM
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Excellent and well said, if the safety is not in place then covid19 will increase. It is selfish to force schools to open when it is not safe to do so.
It is also not fair on the medical community Who have to expose themselves to this deadly virus. Maybe if you were a ER or a iCU worker you would have a better appreciation for how serious the pandemic is. You are comparing grades to life and death, seriously, how selfish online boycotter. Go work in the hospital and see the death, maybe than you will understand.

dukemunson Oct 01, 2020 11:27 AM
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Sun -

You do realize everything else is open, right? Why have you, along with a few other posters of whom I'm now convinced are Goleta School District Administrators who just dropped their kids off at school, have drawn a line in the sane with public schools. Everything is open! Most people are out and about. Kids are all out and about (except of course the thousands in school in SB right now!). Sports are going...life has, is and continuing to go on. If we take out Santa Maria we drop down another tier. But you want to keep everything open, except schools. It's insane! To be honest I'm in for a much longer boycott...why not a week? In fact, I'd say getting our kids off the computer for a week would probably be the best thing we could do for them right now... it'snot healthy to sit at a computer at 7 years old (or really any age) for this many hours. I do it because, well bills, but a boycott and log off for a day or week would actually be healthy for the kids.

Sun Oct 01, 2020 12:11 PM
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Dukemunson, you are wrong... I do not work for the GSDA and you are wrong about the pendemic and safety. I am just a reasonable person. School is indoor with poor ventilation for long periods of time, exposing children, teachers and then people and the community to the virus. Instead, maybe go out side and spend some quality time with your children during this difficult time for everyone. Children have the option of online education. Pendemics are not fair, to ANYONE that is why we have to do everything to contain the virus, only then can we get back to school and a normal life.

dukemunson Oct 01, 2020 12:44 PM
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So, as a reasonable person you are OK with all private schools being open, Montecito schools being open, teachers kids schools being open (to go along with EVERY OTHER THING IN SANTA BARBARA)...but not private schools? How is that in any capacity reasonable? Kids are all out doing sports, camps and school (well school if you are rich, live in Montecito or have a parent that's one of the 300 school administrators). The zoo is open. Museums are opening. Movie theaters are opening. Churches are opening. EVERYTHING IS OPEN/OPENING...except public schools. The online school is a joke that long term unhealthy for the kids (parking 7 year olds in front of computer screens all day...perfect!). Give me a reasonable answer...please. Unless you are in favor of closing everything completely, it's wildy hypocritical.

dukemunson Oct 01, 2020 01:09 PM
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* TYPO (easy to make mistakes on this stupid 3" phone screen that I stare at too often of late because of insane GUSD school board actions are sending me to EDHAT constantly)! It should obviously say

"but not public schools"

Sun Oct 01, 2020 02:23 PM
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Dukemunson-
A) The virus does not discriminate between public and private schools so they can get sick
B) Students number in Private school is much smaller where public has larger class numbers
C) School population in private is smaller as compared to public
D) Just because private is open it doesn't mean all kids are going back to school
E) MONEY- private schools have more money to spend for PPE and safety on less people
where has Public school do not have the fund to provide PPE and testing for all kids
G) MONEY, private school parents pay anywhere from 35,000 ( per child) and up for their children to attend school
H)Private school get private funding as well as Government Funding
If you want to complain, talk to the President of the USA or you can vote in a new President who will not create Chaos every day...Remember this isn't the last pendemic
This was all preventable if the virus had been contained.
Jared Kushner Reportedly Convinced Trump in March That Coronavirus Testing Was a Bad Idea...https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/jared-kushner-reportedly-convinced-trump-161700863.html
A Kennedy who worked on Jared Kushner's COVID-19 task force said he was asked to distort a coronavirus prediction to make the outbreak seem less bad
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/a-kennedy-who-worked-on-jared-kushner-s-covid-19-task-force-said-he-was-asked-to-distort-a-coronavirus-prediction-to-make-the-outbreak-seem-less-bad/ar-BB19iwSE?ocid=uxbndlbing
Don't take it out on the teachers, take it out the current President, he caused this chaos.

dukemunson Oct 01, 2020 02:57 PM
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Sun -

You lose all credibility when you say "This was all preventable if the virus had been contained". Look around SUN...other than a few quite desolated spots, Covid is everywhere. Trump has made a myriad of mistakes, and deserves condemnation, but this sickness was coming no matter who was in charge. We can chastise Trump, Newsome, Murillo and every politician in between...but it was still coming. This was not preventable. Look at Europe right now, flare ups will continue everywhere...for quite some time...this thing isn't going away. That's the frustration with the close school crowd. Everything is open because life goes on. Why are we drawing a line in the sand with public schools. And to nitpick your post further (though again I think you completely lost all objectivity and capacity for abstract thought by blaming a singular politician for a pandemic) your first statement is wrong. The virus does discriminate...it discriminates horribly and insidiously. It goes after our old and weak. And we must do a better job of protecting them. We must continue with masks and hand washing. We must stay vigilant and smart. But we cant give up on life till a miracle vaccine arrives...that day may not come for quite some time...if ever. And life does go on...

dukemunson Oct 01, 2020 03:01 PM
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Grrrr iPhone - isolated (not desolated)... probably should proper spell check when calling out logical fallacies :)

Sun Oct 01, 2020 03:50 PM
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Unfortunately, you lose all credibility ...You need to understand that the virus does not discriminate. Young, healthy people die as well, elder are more susceptible but they are finding the young are becoming as well. Each day cases increase and Science learns more about the virus. Science does not fully understand the virus. Do you know who is asymptomatic or a super spreader?
You lose credibility as you do not understand, finance and health. If a school does not have the resources to provide every child PPE and Testing, how do you propose to protect human health? Must a Teacher die because enough testing and PPE is not available. This has already happened, and continues to happen!!!
You loose all credibility, because you claim to fully understand this VIrus but you don't!
You insist public schools open, even if they don't have the money to protect people, the community and the medical community...this is irresponsible. It's not you who will
comfort the dead, it is not you who will comfort a child when they accidently spread it to the family, it's the community who will suffer.
So don't pretend to know how this Virus and how it works because you don't!!! And yes, Containment prevents spread! And Yes, the current president has done a horrible job
with this virus, he holds the worst Death rate record of the entire Globe with 20% of the worlds death from covid-19 https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html If teachers feel they do not have enought PPE and Testing to open the schools, it's not up to you to tell them otherwise. You are not a member of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, you are no Dr. Fauci, you are a frustrated parent who wants their child in school no matter what the cost or harm it does. Pandemics are Not Fair, so you should
not expect life as it was, you Need to be "patient" and follow the Science. And right now,
Science demonstrates going to school is not in the best interest as it is mainly spread in doors where school is held.!!! Good luck,!

dukemunson Oct 01, 2020 04:27 PM
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Sun - I never said I understand everything about this disease...I obviously don't, no one does. Dr. Fauci has recommended kids get back to school, as have health experts around the world when the situation is safe to do so. We are at a point (and really at a point when you remove Santa Maria) to safely do so. Do you leave your house? If so, have you not noticed all the people that are out and about? Everything is open. Realize that the GUSD said they can open. It's not a financial issue. They have the money, resources and ability. They have confirmed this. They have flat out said it would be disruptive to the teachers and administrators. This isn't a health issue at this point...the health officials are saying we can open!! Every day the case load goes down in Santa Barbara county...in fact way down. The community is open...as everything else is. That's the crazy thing! Unless you think everything should immedietely close and we go full China on our lockdown and people aren't allowed to leave their houses, how can you justify everything being open, including over 30 schools in SB...just not the public ones. Taking it a step further...do you realize that THE TEACHERS KIDS ARE IN SCHOOL RIGHT NOW! This isn't a health question...it's really not. Unless we decide to close everything, what is the possible rationale to let everything open except schools? Please Sun, follow the science, I think it will lead you the opposite direction.

bosco Oct 02, 2020 11:04 AM
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My wife works in the Hospital with and around COVID patients. I am fully aware of the risks of COVID. There have been many times during this pandemic that the hospital has been extremely nervous about a surge. So far it has not materialized. There have been some resource issues and Nurses and Doctors working very hard through this. However, our healthcare system has managed even through the peak in July. Healthcare workers will tell us all to be smart, wear masks and socially distance. But they will also say we can manage small outbreaks and minimal community spread (it's their job). They understand the reality is it's not going away. Schools are only a sliver of community risk and if done properly (like they've planned) can be controlled. Regarding the healthcare community, speak with a pediatrician about the damage currently being caused by no school. That is a self inflicted health crisis created by the school district.

Basicinfo805 Oct 12, 2020 09:48 PM
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SUN - congrats you've just won the award for the dumbest comment we've ever seen on Edhat, and that's saying something. As a physician who trained at Cottage I can tell you that you're way off base. Your doom and gloom outlook is ridiculous.

sacjon Sep 30, 2020 11:32 AM
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Brandon - I'm with you in the frustration, believe me! But, the decision to not apply for waivers was more from a logistical and financial position, given the testing requirements and costs. So, for the waivers, I'm OK with them not having applied. HOWEVER, if the State's extremely rigorous evaluation process has allowed us to re-open schools and GUSD refuses to even consider implementing the hybrid model they boasted about all summer, then I have a problem with that. My kid is still excelling during this remote learning, but it's not enough. I worry about other kids who do not have the same support at home or who have attention problems and are unable to benefit from the 2+ hours of direct learning on zoom. This is not sustainable and, if the State is allowing us, we need to go back to school next month.

Question though - what assessments have your done at your school? My son is in 5th Grade and we've done no assessments at all yet. I'd be interested to know what else we're missing out on!

bpriest Sep 30, 2020 06:43 PM
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SACJON - Thank you for your continued feedback on this subject. good question. 2nd grader so maybe there are some differences but my child had a online 15-20 minute star 360 assessment and a 5 minute, read two paragraphs to the teacher, assessment. "xtra-math" daily assessments for half of the school year but it was changed to freckle...(?)

SBLIFE Sep 30, 2020 11:34 AM
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This strikes me as a very strange and pointless response. Why are you leveraging your kid's education, even for a day, to "make a point" that won't be noticed or acknowledged? Your time is better spent writing letters or calling your school board and other representatives. Keep your kid out of it. I get that it seems like a big deal to YOU to "protest" school for one day, but no one else but you cares that much about whether your kid is in school. Harsh but true.

bpriest Sep 30, 2020 07:01 PM
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SBLIFE - I respect your opinion but "leveraging you kid's education"? 1 hour and 30 minutes of ZOOM classes total per day doesn't really qualify as education. Some education, yes. Adequate, no. Protesting one day? I think my child can get through it.
let me give you an example; yesterday afternoon Zoom class consisted of a "student teacher" surveying students on what their "favorite songs" and "favorite moivies" are. 20 minutes of a 30 min class.. Education value?
Agreed on calling school board and representatives. Trust me, I'm emailing everyone.
No one else cares? ok. I hope you are wrong.

420722 Sep 30, 2020 08:35 PM
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BPriest-that person is totally wrong about no one caring. Also, same with our school. A month into school and the teachers are still doing the “getting to know you” stuff for the whole class time. They should be way past that but I was a fool to believe zoom would be “meaningful” like our all mighty governor said. A couple days of protest will not hurt the kids, they aren’t learning much as it is. I am having to supplement to keep mine from getting bored.

Andrea Smith Sep 30, 2020 11:43 AM
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NJ has opened schools and while there have been 11 outbreaks, all were under control quickly and mitigation measures in place to prevent spread, etc. That's a good result. Newsflash - there are going to be outbreaks. The important thing is, how severe, if they are caught quickly, if they are asymptomatic cases and how many get sick and how severely. Masks keep the inoculum numbers down - the amount of virus particles you inhale - which goes a long way to preventing a serious case, as the less you inhale the better your immune system can respond to prevent high replication in your system. Schools can and should reopen, safely.

GeneralTree Sep 30, 2020 11:44 AM
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Brandon - your first claim is negated as Goleta schools do not need to fill out a waiver if the county has been moved to the red, which it was today. Did the board actually state the school wouldn't be open until January or just the teacher? If it was only the teacher you may want to clarify with school administration. Other than that, tiniest violin, sob story and drivel....

dukemunson Sep 30, 2020 12:17 PM
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Yes, the board states they won’t open till January... at the earliest... and that January is quite optimistic and unlikely.

bpriest Sep 30, 2020 07:05 PM
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GENERALTREE! This is great. I always wanted a "tiniest violin". Thank you DUKEMUNSON for clarifying.

Simpleton Sep 30, 2020 12:02 PM
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My impression is that GUSD has been relatively transparent about their strategy: the educator's kids are on site now with aides, then small cohorts of special needs kids will come back, then at-risk students, and (maybe) then they'll open to all students. I may be pessimistic but I think that most students will be online all year at GUSD as there is no benefit for the district to be proactive. The GUSD appear to respond mostly to arguments around mitigation of liability and/or the threat of litigation. Not so much to Op-eds. Look for the big decisions to be made by the district in April when the 2021/22 budget is set and layoff notices go out to staff. Good luck making the best choices for you and your children.

Byzantium Sep 30, 2020 12:42 PM
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California Teachers Association union needs to have a good heart to heart talk with their buddies in Sacramento, the California Trial Attorneys Association if all they are talking about now is "liability". When did the demand for zero tolerance become part of any flu season?

bosco Sep 30, 2020 12:58 PM
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I won't repeat much of what I've said in other forums here. But, I would expect GUSD and SBUSD to operate together. SBUSD Superintendent Maldonado recently released the plan for SBUSD last week. Her plan is to go to a hybrid model only when the County reaches the "Orange" tier and then full time school when the County is in yellow. For no good reason what so ever, the district has chosen to be more restrictive than the health experts. For anyone tracking the numbers like I do, understand it is highly unlikely SB County will ever reach yellow. If we're lucky, we may hit Orange before the end of the year. The list of science based facts that dispute this reasoning is too long for me to even list here (geographic/demographic distribution of cases, limited community spread, hospital capacity, limited health impact to children, masks, cohorts, outdoor learning, social distancing, etc.) It's unbelievable at the lack of common sense within a supposedly educated and trusted group of leaders. The only logical answer is that it is political.

bosco Sep 30, 2020 04:09 PM
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They're in lockstep on this one. It is highly unlikely one district would open and the other stay closed. I just can't see that happening. Unfortunately, it looks to me like they're taking their cues from the bigger districts in the State, specifically LAUSD (thanks to Maldonado). It just doesn't seem like anyone here wants to be a leader, our school districts are looking for every excuse possible to not open.

bpriest Sep 30, 2020 08:03 PM
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BOSCO - I have read much of what you have said in other forums. "thumbs up". And thank you for your contribution to this forum.

forrealnews Sep 30, 2020 01:14 PM
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The whole point of a boycott or a protest is to do something that really matters and creates an impact. While I don't agree with your outlook or reasoning, if you truly want to create some sort of real and impactful consequence, one day is pointless and would only matter of 70-80 % of families are truly that upset about it, which is highly doubtful. It also appears you are missing significant communications from the district. What did parents ever do when Netflix, video games, zoom, ipads, and electricity weren't vailable...and in some places still aren't consistently?

bpriest Sep 30, 2020 07:32 PM
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I always love the arguement FORREALNEWS is making about Netflix, and video games. I'm not trying to entertain my child, I am advocating for a better education.
Maybe you are right, it's a fruitless attempt to give a voice to those who feel they are being ignored. maybe nobody cares. But at least it's an attempt.
Maybe it's a coincidence that Donna Lewis (gusd superintendent) parentsquared their "Return to In-Person Instruction - Status Update" this afternoon or maybe this post had some impact in at least supplying us with a puff piece containing the same ole same ole rhetoric.

forrealnews Sep 30, 2020 08:42 PM
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Well, I guess you'll found out how many of those 70-80% of parents really care by whether they join or not. Willing to place bets nowhere near that percentage actually do nor that they think a one day boycott does anything worthwhile.

Seabird Sep 30, 2020 08:45 PM
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@Forrealnews, willing to place bets you ought to learn how to use a computer before you go spouting off about what you find "worthwhile."

bpriest Sep 30, 2020 09:27 PM
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SEABIRD - You took the words right out of my mouth. But FORREALNEWS might have a point. Let's prove him wrong.

Chip of SB Sep 30, 2020 01:29 PM
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We are one month away from an election. If you want schools to open anytime soon, voting is going to be the most effective way to make that happen. If we elect the right people at the federal, state, and local levels, we could end all the restrictions and get back to normal life at the beginning of next year. If the voters choose to keep schools closed in November, then you might consider homeschooling or a private school. If you can’t afford those options, I would look at moving to a state that still provides free in person public education.

sacjon Sep 30, 2020 01:48 PM
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CHIP - you're out of touch on this one. Gavin Newsom (via his State requirements) is saying ALL schools can go back to in-person learning in 13 days from today. It's the school districts that are refusing to do so. This is not a federal or state issue at this point.

Chip of SB Sep 30, 2020 03:00 PM
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Sacjon, the governor is also allowing schools to remain closed. Local elections are important, but the state and federal government also have the power to order the schools to open and/or cut off their funding if they don’t open. If the local officials won’t open the schools, force them to or cut off their funding at the state and federal level.

sacjon Sep 30, 2020 03:21 PM
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CHIP - "ordering" the schools to open won't work. Teachers are refusing these orders all over the country. Stop blaming Newsom for this, blame the union and school district.

bpriest Sep 30, 2020 08:07 PM
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CHIP OF SB - agreed and I will be voting! This conversation extends further than school alone. Let's make our voices heard.

Always_Running Sep 30, 2020 02:07 PM
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Two months ago administration staff sent an email to our portal page asking our (parents) opinions, childs emotional and pros/cons to zoom. I think they said most parents preferred the school didn’t reopen.

dukemunson Sep 30, 2020 02:23 PM
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GUSD was at 75% two months ago when a lot more was closed than obviously is currently... so... from a GUSD perspective it’s at least 75% (and probably a bit higher)

bosco Sep 30, 2020 04:05 PM
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While SBUSD never directly shared the breakdown, it has been told that it was roughly 50% when it came to parents (that's straight from L. Capps mouth). That's still roughly 7,000 students who's parent's want/need their children to be in school but don't have the choice.

mm1970 Sep 30, 2020 04:30 PM
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They actually shared the breakdown during the school board meeting. It was really close to 50/50.

bpriest Sep 30, 2020 08:11 PM
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ALWAYS RUNNING - SBUSD? I could be wrong but, to the best of my knowledge, I didn't see this from GUSD. I concur with DUKEMUNSON.

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