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:
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.
- 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?
- Why are the children who studies indicate are less susceptible to catching and spreading the virus kept out of schools more than older students?
- 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.
Father of Maya (6) and Aria (4) who go to Community Montessori in South Boulder.