Summit Parents Say They Plan To Protest School Covid Quarantines | #coronavirus | #kids. | #children | #schools


SUMMIT, NJ — A parent in Summit said this week that there have been too many coronavirus shutdowns in their public schools, impacting the students’ education, mental health, and sports programs. As a result, she said, a group of parents will hold a protest on Saturday.

“There is growing frustration and anger over the Westfield Board of Health’s guidance,” said the parent, “who say they are only following NJ Board of Health regarding school contact tracing quarantine policy. Many children have experienced multiple, necessarily lengthy quarantines, which is having dangerous learning implications as well as creating dangerous mental and physical health situations.”

Another parent who plans to be at the protest complained that the town’s council members have declined to take a stand, saying it’s a matter for the school board.

On Thursday, the Summit schools introduced a dashboard to help parents keep track of cases in the schools. It also lists numbers of students remote and on-site.

The dashboard said on Friday that 14 individuals in the public school community, which can include staff, currently have the virus.

The protest will be held Saturday from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.

It will be held in front of City Hall, at the intersection of Morris Avenue and Springfield Avenue.

Organizers stated the purpose:

Purpose:

1. Continue to pressure our elected city officials to push state officials to change the 14-day quarantine to 7-10 days with a negative test, stop punishing our kids when there has been zero in-school transmission. Get them back in school & out of their rooms!

2. Continue to educate others about Summit community’s outrage over this policy and the damaging effects it is having on our children’s mental and physical health.

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