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Colorado Springs D-11 parents, students protest switch to remote learning at some schools, as COVID cases climb | Colorado Springs News – Colorado Springs, Colorado

Colorado Springs, Colorado 2021-04-30 18:45:00 –

15-year-old Aimee Wright was sitting in the last class on Thursday. I heard that Coronado High School switched from face-to-face learning to distance learning on Friday.

In a protest in front of the Colorado Springs School District 11 administration building, she said on Friday, “We were about to start playing and had an opening and closing night yesterday, but we can’t play tonight or tomorrow.” I did.

“I was angry at first, but now I’m just sad,” she said. “I don’t think this is for our safety. There seems to be no reason.”

Students and parents gathered outside the administration building in District 11 on Friday morning to return some schools to remote-only learning as COVID cases increase and infections may increase. Protested 11 decisions. (Video by Skyler Ballard)


District spokesman Devra Ashby said before the protests began because the number of positive COVID-19 cases continues to grow.

“Our youth have a higher positive rate than the state,” she told the district on Friday morning by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. “It’s at the same level as autumn.”

According to the COVID dashboard, D-11 had 79 active positive cases as of Friday, with known daily infections reaching peak levels in November.

“We sympathize with the situation,” Ashby said. “We know that our children had a very difficult time, and we are doing our best for the safety of all our families.”

Corona Dohai is one of seven D-11 schools closed for live instruction due to the number of infectious diseases, she said.

Others include Palmer High, Doherty High, McCorriff Elementary, Columbia Elementary, Swigart Middle School and West Middle School, which are scheduled to reopen on Tuesday.

According to Ashby, some students, including North Middle School, have returned to distance learning for all grades in recent weeks, while others have stopped direct instruction and resumed.

Part of this decision, according to Ashby, is to allow seniors in the district’s four traditional and four non-traditional high schools to graduate directly alive. An outdoor ceremony is scheduled for May 18-21 at Garry Berry Stadium on D-11, with 6 guests per graduate.

However, older people are not happy that sports have been put on hold under distance learning protocols and traditional year-end activities such as proms, music performances and awards ceremonies have been postponed or remoted.

“Well, this is my senior year. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” said Coronado’s Senior Travis Wright. “I don’t feel that we are a priority at all.”

The Coronado prom will be held after graduation, said senior Brysen Hart.

“Distance education is taking a significant part of our grade,” he said. “We won’t be back in school until May 10. The last day of my seniors is May 11. Everyone was a little disappointed.”

According to Ashby, the purpose of the school district was to set up a prom in the school, with some being “pushed back.”

Hart says he understands the safety side, but the number of COVID cases does not seem to justify the negative impact on thousands of students.

“There’s a lot we were looking forward to at the end of the year,” he said. “Online, you can’t get that much from the material and it’s much harder to focus.”

Distance learning is “half school, half video games,” said Scott French, whose son Derrick is a freshman in Coronado.

“We were remote, hybrid, face-to-face, and then they brought us back to remote,” said Deric French. “It’s unfair to children.”

Derrick and some of his classmates were quarantined for two weeks after being exposed to the virus and returned home for three days this week. So he will be out for almost a whole month, said his mom, Angela French.

“Let’s get the kids back to school and let them go to school,” she said.

To address the loss of learning, D-11 will launch a summer bridging program at school on June 7, according to Ashby.

Two students from Coronado High School and Shannon Rogers, a parent of Alum’s D-11, organized a protest because they said they had never seen another school district return to distance learning recently.

For example, in Widefield School District 3, there is no talk of returning to distance learning, said spokesman Samantha Thavasa.

But “we will continue to monitor each school and make decisions as needed,” she said.

The possibilities are not off the table in Academy School District 20. Nearly 220 students were sent home for quarantine this week, said spokesman Alison Cortez.

“If staff and students are severely affected by quarantine and the school cannot run safely, we need to move the school to e-learning,” Cortez said.

“I hope this isn’t the case in the last few weeks of school, but COVID has taught us that we can’t predict the future.”

Rogers sees D-11 school options, such as keeping seniors in class and sending other students to study at home, returning to a hybrid model of part of the school, part of the house, or having parents. He said he wanted to. Those who are worried keep their students at home.

“This is not a political rally. We know the seriousness of COVID,” Rogers said. “They had only one week left to play their last play, band concert or game, and it would have been two weeks before graduation. I feel like they don’t add up.”

School positive rates are rising across the state, according to public health statistics.

The virus is D-11 and has spread to both those who brought it to school and those who contracted at school, said Cory Notestine, executive director of student success and health. He said there were more outbreaks than in the fall and higher levels of infection.

A reduction in positive cases will help bring children back to school, said Danhof, executive director of school leadership.

“We have seen presumed positives off the chart,” he said.

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