One Day Zoom Boycott of GUSD
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.
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