DENIED OUR CHILDREN IN-PERSON EDUCATION
Linda Parks has always had a choice! She chose to govern for Sacramento, not Ventura county.
Linda Parks made terrible decisions. Read the science, do the math, ask the questions, challenge the results! Sign the petition!
The survival rate of COVID-19 has always been over 99%! The numbers never added up!
For children, the rate is even higher! Instead of learning their ABCs and 123s, more than a year of our children's education, socialization, and cherished childhood memories are destroyed!
The only numbers Linda Parks and her colleagues added were dollar signs from Sacramento!
- Linda Parks and the Board of Supervisors (BOS) did not allow in-person graduation last June. The BOS refused to allow graduation no matter how thought out and safe the plan is: such as outdoors, 6 ft apart, hand washing stations, temp checks, mandatory masks, non-mandatory attendance,...etc...
- The Board of supervisors took vacation in the month of August in the middle of what they claim is a "crisis" and unending "emergency".
- The Board of Supervisors supported local schools' decision to stay closed but allowed on campus K-8 daycare to open. The same classrooms not safe for instruction is deemed safe for full time daycare at a cost of approximately $700 per month.
- The BOS's incompetence led to local school districts believing it was not safe to open despite the CDC indicating the opposite was true and despite the fact that virtually all the private schools in Ventura were open.
- The BOS should have been actively encouraging school districts to open especially for the most disadvantaged student populations who were the most negatively impacted by school closures.
- The bottom line is this: Linda Parks and the BOS should be advocating for school districts to put students first now and always!
Too many children are still at home struggling with learning in a non-human contact environment. And when and if the child is in the classroom, the lockdown, anti-human contact tyranny continues. The county demands the children wear masks and stay away from each other. This is as unnatural as it is unnecessary!
Locking children down at home is UNHEALTHY! Click on the headline image below to read some of the science.
“The immune system is a learning device, and at birth it resembles a computer with hardware and software but few data. Additional data must be supplied during the first years of life, through contact with micro-organisms from other humans and the natural environment.” Professor Sally F. Bloomfield
(Professor Sally Bloomfield is an acknowledged expert on home hygiene, with more than 30 years' experience in hygiene research and education. In 1995, Professor Bloomfield was awarded the Rudolf Schulke Hygiene Prize for her outstanding contribution in the field of hygiene and preventive medicine.)
Schools Closings: Emotional Distress | March 19, 2021
School closings have taken a terrible toll on children who miss their friends and all of the after-school activities that build school and team spirit. There are dozens of reports on the issue. Here is a sampling of several of them.
Mental Health Issues
The CDC reports a Dramatic Increase in Mental Health Issues among children. November 13, 2020) The proportion of child mental health visits to Emergency Rooms dramatically increased from March through October 2020 over the same period in 2019.
- The share of mental health-related hospital emergency department visits rose 24% for children 5-11 compared to the same time period the previous year.
- The share of mental health-related hospital emergency department visits increased 31% for adolescents age 12 to 17 compared to the same time period the previous year.
- While there were in increases for both males and females, female cases were far higher than male cases.
Education Week’s report (November 12, 2020) on the CDC study pointed to a “combination of disrupted routines, fear of sickness or family loss…and the social isolation caused by repeated and sudden quarantines”
This article reports on a survey of emotional distress among young people. "More Young People Are Depressed During the Pandemic. But They May Be Using Social Media to Cope." Here's where to read the full study.
There's more evidence of emotional distress in this nationwide survey of students. Here are some of the findings:
- 64 percent of students overall reported experiencing distractions at home that interfered with schoolwork, and half said feelings of stress, depression and anxiety made online learning difficult.
- Female students and those who identify another way were more likely to report depression, stress and anxiety as obstacles to learning than male students.
- Feeling depressed, stressed, or anxious has risen to the number one obstacle to learning. Hispanic or Latin, multiracial, and Black or African American students faced more obstacles on average than did white or Asian students.
You can find the full survey results here.
The Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) reports an increase in suicidal behavior during the COVID-19 closures than in 2019. Here is a link to the study cited in the AAP report. While the pandemic increased depression and thoughts of suicide, teen suicides have been on the upswing several years according to this report titled Youth Suicide: The Other Public Health Crisis.
Each suicide is a tragedy. There is a story behind each one and, hopefully, a lesson to be learned.
- The Washington Post reports "one in 4 young adults have struggled with suicidal thoughts since the coronavirus hit, CDC says. “I could see the storm coming,” says a father from Richland, Washington.
- When we adults look at young people, we think they have everything to live for. That certainly would be the case for Dylan Buckner, an 18 year old star high school quarterback in suburban Chicago. But he suffered from depression before the pandemic hit. Then things got worse. Here's the a report from NBC News Chicago.
- One school superintendent in California upon hearing of a suicide of a student in his district said, “One of my biggest worries I had with the shelter-in-place order, was the social-emotional effect it’s going to have on so many people. In particular, my job is to really worry about students and their parents.” Unfortunately, the worst happened.