We are a diverse group of parents/guardians in Massachusetts who want remote learning options for students as a stop gap measure until all school-aged children are vaccine eligible. Many of us are parents of children with complex medical needs, but we also believe remote learning will help us open schools back up safely.
MAPRLO was formed in September 2021 to urge Governor Baker and Commissioner of Education Jeffrey Riley to end their short sighted ban on remote learning options, which we believed were needed to keep students safe and engaged in learning and give the schools the flexibility they needed if Covid numbers worsened. Now look where we are today. Schools are seeing surges in positive cases, teachers are calling out in records numbers, and schools are struggling to deliver the quality education that students deserve.
We can and must do better for our kids! Gov. Baker and Commissioner Riley must allow school districts and schools the ability to utilize remote learning tools and technology to keep students and staff safe.
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The mission of MA Parents for Remote Learning Options is to persuade the Massachusetts Commissioner of Education Jeffrey Riley and Governor Charlie Baker to change current rules by allowing school districts to offer remote learning options for all students in the Commonwealth until it is safe for them to return to in person learning. We believe safety should be determined by existing science and CDC recommendations regarding factors such as ventilation and community vaccination rates.
Offering remote learning options will:
- keep the most vulnerable children healthy and safe, including those who are immuno-compromised or have complex medical needs,
- make schools safer for all students and staff by reducing daily census and allowing for greater social distancing,
- meet equity principles by providing options that a greater portion of BIPOC and Disability communities want for their children, and
- give schools and districts the flexibility to respond to a virus that has proven to be unpredictable and consistently underestimated.