Open Letter to BVSD regarding preschool reopening

The BVSD ECE reopening plan will not work for our preschooler

Dear Superintendent Anderson & BVSD board members,

I appreciate all the effort done in reopening. For the most part I think BVSD is doing a fantastic job. However, I am very concerned that ECE is only getting one day a week in person instruction, half of what all the other kids are getting. Meanwhile, we were invoiced last month for 75% of the normal cost of preschool. 

This is one of the children you are planning to let down, Aria Koren, age 4:

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Aria is masking up to prevent the spread of COVID-19

Aria has been diligently preparing to comply with wearing a mask indoors. 
Online learning did not work for Aria. When she attempts it, we need to give her very close supervision. This means we would need to closely supervise her 6 out of 7 days a week. We have one working parent which makes this a challenge. For families with both parents working or single parents, it is unacceptable.

Questions:

  1. Why are the children who struggle the most with online learning, that have the greatest need for in-person schooling planned to receive half as much in-person learning as all the other students?
  2. Why are the children who studies indicate are less susceptible to catching and spreading the virus kept out of schools more than older students?
  3. Why did you reduce the cost of ECE by just 25% while reducing the in-person instruction by 50%?  (or a reduction of 80% of pre-covid levels)

The plan as presented yesterday fails preschoolers and their families. You might as well just shut the preschool down entirely.

If your decision is not final, I would kindly ask you to reconsider, please give our preschoolers the same two days of in-person instruction as all the rest of the students are planned to receive. Otherwise, I am afraid that we have no choice but to drop our Aria out of BVSD and search for a solution that will be more effective for our child.

Regards,

-Henry Koren
Father of Maya (6) and Aria (4) who go to Community Montessori in South Boulder.