As businesses and schools rushed to close their doors four months ago to keep people safe from the spread of Covid-19, the NAACP Seattle King County sees we are still scrambling to figure out what's best for ourselves, our families, and our communities.
The CDC has stated that we cannot safely open schools if “community transmission is increasing”, and at this point, we are seeing a large increase in cases within King County. As school districts have been conducting surveys proposing three schooling options - In Person, Hybrid, or Exclusively Online - responses have been quite skewed and there are communities who’ve not voiced their opinions as of yet. As of June 30th, Seattle Public Schools had not received over 77% of the African-American male response to going back to school.
We, the NAACP Seattle King County, do not feel it is right for schools to make decisions involving the safety of our students without having a clear response to what our community’s wants and needs are. Too many of our community members are not looped in on these important decisions and there are still too many questions that have not been answered or addressed. How will students still be able to eat breakfast and lunch? How will Ethnic Studies be transitioned and prevalently used through online courses?
We urge our King County schools to listen to their community's wants and needs, or postpone opening In-Person schools for the safety of our students and our staff.
NAACP Education Chair, Seattle King County