At least 250 parents in Santa Rosa city schools this week signed a letter asking the district to open full time, in accordance with the state’s updated reopening plan. On April 1st, the district began in-person instruction two shortened days a week for elementary aged children. Next will be secondary students.
"It’s hard, it’s hard it has a huge impact on the entire family, these schedules and uncertainty. There is no barriers to us being back full time and we just need the leaders to make it happen and get us back to where our kids need to be," Stacia Okura said.
Okura is the mother of a child in TK in the district and one of the parents who signed the joint letter. For Okura, working and dropping her son off twice a week for three and a half hours is a challenge.
Madonna Feather-Cruz, parent of a high schooler and the president of the Indian Education Committee for the district, also signed the letter. She said she’s seen how kids are struggling while they wait for schools to fully reopen.al
"They’ve gained weight, they have been suicidal, they have depression and anxiety. We need to help them. We need to open the schools back up for them," Cruz said.
The parents organized a GoFundMe to hire legal counsel to get schools to fully reopen this month. The GoFund me has already raised over $3,000 since it was created less than a week ago. Tessa Paoli, KRCB News.