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SRVUSD: Parents air frustrations at board meeting

Original post made on Jan 13, 2021

Frustrations over the SRVUSD's decision to postpone in-person learning amid surging coronavirus cases were on display during the Board of Education's virtual meeting on Tuesday.

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Posted by H
a resident of San Ramon Valley High School
on Jan 13, 2021 at 4:15 pm

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Ken Mintz - if you are disappointed that the community has the ability to oversee your job through the democratic process, you have no business being an elected official. You should save yourself the embarrassment that a recall would bring and resign with immediate effect.

Rachel Hurd - you are clearly antagonistic toward the community as well. Your condescending approach to dealing with legitimate questions of leadership shows that you aren't in this "for the children" you are in this for yourself and your own ambitions. Thank you for your past service but it's time for you to find a new hobby that doesn't involve taking eduction away from 10,000+ kids.

Susanna Ordway - how are you the president of this local agency when you hardly know the functions of the body? When you stumble with the slightest bit of parliamentary procedure? How long have you been there? Have you slept through all the meeting prior? The organization of your running the meetings directly resulted in the Brown Act violation. Your continued inept approach at leadership is just exposing the district to more such legal and procedural missteps. And you can't even seem to properly complete a sentence!! Step down from being President immediately and from your trustee position as well as you are clearly not capable of holding your position and performing your duties.

Posted by H
a resident of San Ramon Valley High School
on Jan 13, 2021 at 7:51 pm

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CCC using at-large rules for this recall would be a big win for this group. While more signatures would be required, the same people could sign all three recalls at once and focus can be placed in demographically favorable areas. These signatures could all get collected in ONE WEEKEND!

All three of these trustees should seriously consider simply resigning their positions pending results of a special election to avoid the embarrassment that a recall election brings. People - especially in this area - are hungry to recall the Governor for the same issues and this would just be a poxy vote on that issue. The difference is here, the trustees are on the losing side of a single issue race.

Posted by Andy
a resident of Montair Elementary School
on Jan 13, 2021 at 9:08 pm

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Thank you to the parents who are supporting in-person school!! I'll be there on the next months ZOOM meeting.

At this point our only hope is to get this board recalled or pursue private school. I love Montair but I feel totally powerless with this incompetent school board and the SRVEA.

If you don't want you kids to go to in-person school, than stay home and do remote learning. You have a choice. The people who want in-person should have a voice too.

Posted by Z
a resident of San Ramon
on Jan 14, 2021 at 8:24 am

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The entitlement dripping from the parents who constantly scream at the board and district is disturbing. Look at the cases, the hospitals, the area. We have no business demanding schools open right now. This group has been heard, over and over and over, they just didn’t get their way so now tantrum. The majority of the district choose to go remote even before the decision of December 15. (Removed; namecalling)

Posted by H
a resident of San Ramon Valley High School
on Jan 14, 2021 at 8:56 am

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I L*O*V*E the comment from "Z" as it perfectly exemplifies the other side - name calling and immaturity in response to real questions of leadership and community representation. People like "Z" don't care about facts and reality such as Texas and Florida having full time in-person school with no ill effects on the community. No. "Z" here in response to that uses insults to further his position.

Keep it up "Z" as such blatant antisocial behavior shows more about your overall position than my words here ever could! Get schools back NOW and people like "Z" can make his own personal choice to stay at home forever and spare society as a whole from his rude authoritarian worldview.

Posted by Reader
a resident of Danville
on Jan 14, 2021 at 9:30 am

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I would have a more difficult time “sleeping at night” if staff becomes seriously ill because they returned prematurely. On a personal note, my grandchild’s private school remained in session as is permitted. They had to shut down for a month due to a Covid outbreak among staff. So much for staff not getting sick.

Posted by Sha-d
a resident of San Ramon
on Jan 14, 2021 at 9:56 am

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I’m a local nurse in the community who also has been an advocate of school openings and declared to return my kids to school on Jan 5th. I am however relieved that the board has decided to hold off reopening, as the numbers of covid patient’s hospitalisation and mortality, has been exponentially rising since Christmas. I strongly encourage speedy distribution of the vaccine to the community and our teachers, to restore confidence and come back. There have been delays and we can do a better job. We have not seen a catastrophic event to this scale in our lifetimes and what we see is directly related to the lack of logistical means to tackle this challenge. A recall is a great demonstration of public’s discontent and the democratic process, however the public and majority have already spoken. A recall is also going to cause even more delays in this state of disaster. Just go to your local hospital and see how spread thin, tired and overworked your providers are.

Posted by H
a resident of San Ramon Valley High School
on Jan 14, 2021 at 10:06 am

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@Sha-d then why is there no issue in Texas and Florida where schools have been open full time since September? Are you saying that Texas and Florida have better hospital capacity or are you saying Texas and Florida schools are inherently safer than California schools? If what you are saying is true, why is California's spread WORSE than Texas and Florida when they have had in-person school for close to six months? Also, why have there been no issues with the MANY Kids Country daycare facilities located on SRVUSD campuses?

Your comments aren't taking the full account of facts into consideration. If Texas and Florida can reopen schools successfully, why can't we?

Posted by Sha-d
a resident of San Ramon
on Jan 14, 2021 at 10:34 am

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Web Link
@ H... I am not an expert, and not familiar with the details of what is going on in Texas and Florida, however if you look at the “Data” shared on the CDC website, it looks like Ca, mortality is much higher than Texas and Florida. Our communities are all different in terms of demographics, viral load, and density, and I believe those are the factors that are used to decide reopening. Another note is that every region has different resources, leadership and constituencies deciding on policies such as school openings, this is part of the democratic process. Now I totally agree that we can learn from models that are working. We pay experts who have dedicated their lives to these issues to do that. I absolutely agree with holding our elected officials accountable and appreciate the public voicing their concerns and hope that we can as a community present solution that serve us ALL.

Posted by H
a resident of San Ramon Valley High School
on Jan 14, 2021 at 11:46 am

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@Sha-d So, you are saying that Contra Costa County is just fundamentally less prepared in every way than Travis County Texas? Both have the same general population. Are Travis County Schools fundamentally "safer" than SRVUSD schools? If not, why is it that Travis County has schools open, and has LESS cases per 100k residents? If you don't know the answers to these questions, is it really conscionable to keep kids out of school when it is clearly succeeding elsewhere? Further, if schools are open and there is a continuing surge, County could CLOSE the schools to send a message that further measures need to follow. What is left now for the county/state to signify a more dire response is necessary? Emerying is already taken away! Open up the schools in the same safe way as New York, Texas, Florida and other states and let's get back to solving problems instead of creating new ones.

Posted by Chester
a resident of Blackhawk
on Jan 14, 2021 at 12:09 pm

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School District made a mistake telling people they can go back to school, know full well the infections were going to pick up during Winter. That was a mistake.

While the virus doesn't impact kids much, kids can bring it to adults in the house. Until adults are vaccinated, we've no business sending kids to school.

You're not right simply because you are the loudest or the meanest. This is a very personal decision that even members of the same family don't often agree with.

I suppose the only option in the meantime is for school and parents to find willing participants--if there're teachers willing to teach in-person, and parents willing to send kids, let them. We'll see what they say when adults at home get sick. Leave the rest along on the remote option.

Just like some people think it's fine to go to restaurants with proper precautions, or some with no precautions. Others wouldn't bother. Make your own choice and don't attack everyone else who doesn't agree with you.


Posted by Yashima Mahajan
a resident of San Ramon
on Jan 14, 2021 at 1:19 pm

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How would concerned parents be notified when and where the petition is available?

Posted by H
a resident of San Ramon Valley High School
on Jan 14, 2021 at 4:53 pm

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We have a great set of both traditional and social media contacts. We will make a big deal about it. We should have more direction ahead of the next board meeting.

Posted by MamaP
a resident of San Ramon
on Jan 14, 2021 at 11:45 pm

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I fully support the board and their decision making process. I do not however condone the behavior of some of the parents who are loud, angry and hateful to other parents who don’t agree with them. It’s also very sad to see the name calling and hateful language being used towards the board and teachers. I’m appalled that adults, people who have kids can speak in this manner just because things aren’t going their way. Sad! Stop screaming at each other and pointing fingers! Work together to come up with solutions! The comments on the SRVUSD FB are appalling and quite embarrassing!

Posted by Mom of 2
a resident of San Ramon Valley High School
on Jan 16, 2021 at 9:34 pm

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How is wanting what’s best for your kids now means you’re entitled? If distance learning isn’t working for your/my family and were promised to be back for hybrid, why can’t we ask or question? If you wanted remote, why can’t those who wanted hybrid fight for that? Your schedules have changed, just as hybrid and you got what you wanted, why can’t parents get their kids back on campus? It has no impact on your family at this point. If you have a blended household or child has 2 homes, that’s a different story because maybe you can’t control the other household. The name calling needs to stop and everyone needs to do what’s best for your family. Online school isn’t working for all. If you got what you want for your family, don’t fault those families who are struggling and want to be back in campus.

Posted by H
a resident of San Ramon Valley High School
on Jan 17, 2021 at 8:30 am

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@Mom of 2

You are so right! These remote forever people can stay at home, homeschool for the next 20 years and it has no impact on us. I absolutely welcome these people to make the choices that best suit their families. The fact that these people vehemently personally attack anyone that doesn't think exactly like them is frankly fascist - the antiteses of the liberal democracy that we live in here.

Personally, I think it's insecurity and fear. These people have been scared by the social media the are addicted to to the point where the fantasy of posts online has eclipsed the realities of life right in front of them. Many states are open for full time return to school. **ALL** of these states have far less community transmission and positivity rates than CA. That's not opinion, that's a fact. These people cry wolf about hospital capacity when they ignore the Florida and Texas that both have schools open fully. If these people are right, why hasn't Texas of Florida exhausted all hospital capacity by now? Does Texas and Florida have inherently better hospital systems than CA? Do Florida and Texas have more ICU capacity than California? Do Texas and Florida have better doctors than California?

As for insecurity, these people deep down fear that they are making the wrong decisions and don't want their kids "left behind" so they instead of reevaluating their own choices instead take to social media t try and FORCE their choice on everyone else. That way, they don't have to feel like they miss out on anything if all of us are forced into making the same reactionary decisions to never leave home again.

The solution is simple CHOICE. Let the kids that want to go back to school go back to school. It's very simple. The stay at home forever group has many remote learning and homeschool choices. The return to school people have no choices at all. Provide the choice to the parents that value in-person education and socialization and this whole problem goes away. But, unfortunately, fascists and authoritarians don't care about any point of view that contradicts their own.

Posted by H
a resident of San Ramon Valley High School
on Jan 17, 2021 at 8:42 am

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It's funny how quickly these fascists evaporate when confronted with objective facts. None of them have an answer for Texas and Florida having both less community transmission and positive COVID cases and also have schools open full time. The only defense these authoritarians have to objective facts is personal attacks and mudslinging. It shows the desperation of their argument. None of this is about following the science it's clearly about trying to achieve political goals by holding the education children as hostages.

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