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Did Demonstrators Influence Board's Announcement to Return to In-Person Learning?
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Saturday, September 12, 2020 the front of School District 70 Administration Offices was lined with in-person learning supporters waving signs and hoping to gain support for their cause before the Board of Education meeting on September 15, 2020. The group was also back in place before the board meeting on Tuesday, September 15, 2020. If the blaring horns, and shouts of appreciation of the travelers on Highway 50 was any measure, the group seemed to have a lot of support.

Group organizer, Amy Furney, says, “I was relieved, after starting the Colorado District 70 Parents Facebook Page, to find so many other parents agreed with me that the children should have returned to school. Everyone accepts that there are risks with re-opening the schools but we believe those risks are minimal and can be mitigated. I want my children in the classrooms learning with their friends.”

Kari Holcomb, one of the participants in the protest for in-person learning, is also a mother of a District 70 student and an elementary teacher at a Canon City school. She conveyed, “Canon City started this fall with in-person learning, and it has been just fine. We have not had any problems with illness, and the kids and teachers are both excited to be back in school.”

Another participating parent expressed dissatisfaction with the remote learning system. “It is too hard for the younger students, when things are not working right they don’t know what to do. It upsets them. All we want is the option to send our children to school if we feel that is what is best for them. The district has already said remote learning will be available for those that want it, in-person learning should be available for those that want it too.”

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