NORRISTOWN, Pa. (CBS) — Mother and father protested Saturday outdoors the Montgomery County well being division. The board voted on Friday to shut down all school buildings for two weeks as a consequence of a rising variety of COVID-19 instances. Some mother and father have challenged they’ll boot these officers out of workplace over this.
Exterior the Workplace of Public Well being in Norristown, college students and oldsters of Montgomery County faculties made it clear on Saturday. They need their youngsters again within the classroom.
“I’m beside myself,” Jamie Miller, of Wissahickon, stated. “I really feel for these youngsters, they’ve been by sufficient.”
The board’s unanimous determination of a two-week hiatus was to make sure a greater probability of conserving Okay-12 faculties open heading ahead, in response to an announcement by the county. They anticipate households will collect for Thanksgiving and that closing faculties across the vacation will assist restrict potential COVID-19 publicity for college students when courses resume on Dec. 6.
However some are cautious this may increasingly imply extra class time at residence in 2021.
“We are going to give them the 2 weeks they’ve requested for,” Kaitlin Derstine, of Telford, stated. “We’re accountable mother and father and we’ll do what we have to do to combat COVID, however we is not going to settle for a minute extra.”
The county board of well being says it’s involved over outbreaks associated to Halloween gatherings and youth sports activities, so this quantities to a preemptive transfer. However these mother and father declare they’ve gone too far.
“I feel they’re grossly overreaching, and it’s really changing into an abuse of our youngsters,” Derstine stated. “It’s denying them their proper to schooling.”
“They should let the person districts make their very own choices primarily based on every faculty,” Miller stated.
The county didn’t react to the protest on Saturday, however protestors promised to bombard elected officers with telephone calls, texts and emails ought to the colleges be closed longer.
“They’ll sit of their workplaces for the size of time that they are going to serve,” Derstine stated, “however we’ll guarantee the subsequent election, they received’t be reelected.”
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