The following letter is part of a petition asking the Watertown Public Schools to move the start of hybrid learning at Watertown Middle School from Nov. 30 to the week of Nov. 9.
Last week, the School Committee discussed making that change in the district’s plan to move into hybrid learning, but did not vote on that. They left it up to Superintendent Dede Galdston and the School Administration.
The letter reads:
Dr. Galdston, Watertown School Committee Members & Watertown Public School Staff:
As parents of students in the Watertown Public School system, we appreciate the immense effort in such a difficult time for everyone. We are encouraged that the Superintendent has made the decision to begin Hybrid at the elementary level and is “considering moving our Watertown Middle School students from remote to hybrid beginning the week of November 9.”
This letter is meant to advocate for continued forward progress based on the data. The school’s readiness should not be an issue. There has been ample time to get all the schools in order to welcome students back safely. We feel reasons to delay reopening other than the data published by the State would be wrong.
We believe this is what should determine the students getting back as soon and as much as possible. In addition, Dr. Galdston referred to the data in her presentation to the School Committee on October 19, there are cases and we understand that will happen. The transmission is very low, which tells us the procedures put in place work.
Our children have been extremely patient and have worked very hard to try and keep up while Watertown has been in a low risk state for weeks which is a testament to the diligence of our community. It’s time to not only get back in but to also get in as much as possible. We respectfully ask the schools to be ready to welcome our students prior to the dates set by the Superintendent and continue to move the phasing plan forward as the data allows. Thank you for all of your efforts.
John M. Airasian
Parents of Watertown Public School Students
The online petition can be found by clicking here.