Deere said she plans to attend Monday’s rally because she doesn’t believe the numerous emails sent to board members and administrators are working. She said she hopes that if enough people show up in force, then the district might listen.
But if TPS decides to stick with distance learning, she said her plan is to transfer her children out of the district. That outcome would be especially devastating to her son, who attends Thoreau Demonstration Academy and who would lose his spot if he leaves.
“They just can’t keep doing distance learning,” Deere said. “My boys seem to be coping a bit better, but my daughter, she’s not.”
Danny Daniels, whose son attends Eisenhower International School, is pushing for the district to abandon district learning because of the lack of social interaction between students and their teachers and peers.
Like Deere, Daniels said he thinks the best way for families wanting to effect change is to protest and make their voices heard.
“Parents are fed up,” he said. “We are truly exhausted. But more importantly, we are wanting the best for our kids to put them in the best position possible, even better than where we’re at.”
As of Friday evening, nearly 3,000 people had signed an online petition calling for TPS to reopen. Meanwhile, a counter petition calling for the district to maintain distance learning until schools can reopen safely has collected about 700 signatures.