OPEN LETTER; Gladys Knight, Board of Education, Schools & Whomever Else Is Interested
The assumption that we are uniformed and uneducated on the Covi-19 situation because we have a differing conclusion to the government’s decision to return all children to schools is, in itself, an uniformed and uneducated perspective to form.
Our bodies of communities have a hierarchic system that is designed to lead, to look after our communities, keep us safe and to do what’s in the best interests of the communities. Yet this does not mean that we surrender the right to think for ourselves, to ascertain as much information as we can and discern for ourselves what is right for us on individual, family and community levels.
Nor does it mean that the community’s interests and safety, is always at the forefront of decisions that our governing bodies make.
As a family, our best interests as a whole is at the forefront of our decisions. We don’t always get it right, but we do always do the best we can with the information and knowledge that we have.
Therefore, our decision to continue to hold our children back from school in order to monitor the Covid-19 situation is not only one that we have considered at great length, weighing in our families safety and the extended community as Husband attends private homes (elderly included) for business activities, but also one that is based on the information we have been provided by governing bodies, and the actions we observed of them during this unique time.
We appreciate the intense time and space that Covd-19 has placed us all in, and am grateful for the way that teachers have handled themselves and educating our children during this time; not all hero’s wear capes. Thank you.
What we don’t appreciate is having our voices unheard and dismissed because our discernment mismatches the board of education’s instructions.
We understand that when then board of education passes down their rulings, that the school governing bodies have no choice but to adhere by the ‘rules’ and do the best that you can with what they have to work with. However, dehumanising concerns and interactions with parent and student bodies is somewhat inept.
Teachers and staff are still under an immense amount pressure; a lot of people still are. They may or may not agree with decisions being made or instructions being handed down by governing bodies. And we are sure they have a lot of people and parents to deal with. I digress, the human connection, empathy or plain old understanding, isn’t something that should dissipate because of it.
We have concerns around schools being re-opened without any further attempt of slowly reintegrating, monitoring, and reviewing the impact and effects of this ‘easing of isolation’ in a manner that could contribute to isolate any further outbreaks.
These concerns our ours, we know that. They are our levels of discernment. Our choices to make and be made, with our children’s health and wellbeing at the core of them all.
They are our concerns, choices, and discernment that no nobody else has to agree with. However, they are concerns, choices and discernment’s that require respect, regardless of other’s thoughts, opinions, judgements or rulings.
All of that said, what about the unspoken repercussions of children, especially in infant’s classes?
What is not being spoken about is the detrimental impact that social distancing rules and sanitising strategies can and will have upon them.
We had a glimpse of social distancing rules in schools prior to directives to keep children home if, where and whenever possible. We glimpsed first hand the ‘rejection’ teachers had for afternoon goodbye’s. We glimpsed first hand the inability to comprehend the rejection to hug goodbye was not a personal attack on them themselves. We glimpsed the inability to digest the capacity of concern for the spread of the virus and we glimpsed the stirrings of internalising the social distancing measures as negative references on their self esteem.
As the parents of sensitive children, this is a Covid-19 unintentional response that we wish not to befall our children.
It is also easy to see that with the tenseness around protection, educating, distancing and sanitising protocols, the potential for children to be reprimanded for not following these new measures is high. Implementing another set of reasons for children to alienated, mistaken and wrong in the classroom environment is unintentional, yes, yet still a very real outcome to the strict measures and practices put in place to minimise risk and harm.
These are very real self esteem challenges that cannot be swept under the rug if we are to be responsible for providing healthy spaces that support our children’s health and wellbeing.
Now, I digress. You don’t have to agree with us, our opinions or our values. However, respecting them is something entirely different, and it is that respect which must surely allow for a softer approach in returning or not returning our children to the classroom environment.
Gemma Green, Everett Sweedman & Family.
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