WILLIAMSVILLE, NY (WIVB) – In a district of nearly 10,000 students, nearly 500 students and parents from Williamsville protested what was the first ever morning – virtual learning, even for students who were in school last week.
“At the moment, we will be tuning live broadcasts on Zoom and Google Meet, but I was in my first two shifts and they are basically duplicating the school procedures and things because they have to continue teaching remote study who were online, so now we have to go back to square one and learn all the introductions And school procedures, so it feels as if we have started work again like last week did not exist. ” Senior Southern.
The county issued a statement insisting that this current plan was only temporary and that they had formed committees to come up with a better plan.
“I will contact you on a regular basis and keep you updated on our progress. Every child deserves a free, appropriate, and public education for 180 days. It’s the law and we were out of compliance,” said Dr. John McKenna, Acting Superintendent of Williamsville Schools.
“We don’t seem to be taking any steps forward, we have fired 40 teachers in a lark.” Jonathan Rich, a parent in Williamsville, said, “To me this does not indicate that we are ready to return to the hybrid model that indicates that we are abandoning the hybrid model.”
These student leaders aren’t just protesting. They put forth their own proposal on exactly how a return to an optional hybrid or distance learning program would work.
“We are only disappointed that it wasn’t the epidemic’s fault. It’s our own fault and poor planning,” said Diana Stone, a student at Williamsville East Senior. “We promise these distant children things we cannot promise.”
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