We want open and honest communication
The Salem-Keizer school board meeting on August 10 was set aside to hear public comment on the schools reopening. Many in the community have expressed concerns about the masks, for and against.
As a result of that meeting, it was disheartening to read the statement by Board Chairman Osvaldo Avila posted on the district’s website, slandering parents and grandparents who came forward to express concerns about the effects. Negative mask mandates on children’s ability to learn, communicate and build relationships. . Several of us emailed him after seeing his statement and even asked to meet him, but so far he hasn’t responded.
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Subsequently, Avila canceled the next school board meeting citing “a disregard for health and safety protocols seen at her last meeting.” He wrote: “Some adults, by their words and actions, teach children to be irresponsible during a global health pandemic, disrespecting the democratic process through grossly defiant statements and actions that will have lasting effects. . ”
This is a poor description of who was provocative and we need to set the record straight.
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Apparently, Avila’s statement referred to parents who entered the meeting without a mask, during a period when masks were not required.
Comments were made under the breath of some parents when several young people belonging to Latinos Unidos Siempre spoke. These young people claimed that they were “extremely afraid because of the white supremacists sitting behind them!” Most of these parents had not attended a public forum like this and were shocked at the lack of decorum and order.
These same young people had disrespected the parents in the parking lot before the meeting, and then Avila allowed Avila to be disrespectful, not only to other board members, but also to the citizens by calling them by names, such as “racists”, “white supremacists”. “And” privileged white “.
A lot of changes are happening in public schools right now. Values change. It concerns us all.
We, parents and grandparents, want to make sure that education remains excellent and full of opportunities for every student. It is our legal right to be part of the decision-making process in public schools. We want to engage in an honest and open conversation. Good leadership means paying attention to all the data and sincerely listening to what all the constituents are saying about Salem Keizer.
We value the teachers and staff who work hard every day and want to find a way to work with them and the newly elected board members to put children first. How is this possible when such dividing behavior is allowed?
I suggest a reboot, President Avila. And respectfully, I think an apology is in order.
Linda Farrington, a resident of Salem, unsuccessfully presented this year to the Salem-Keizer Board of Directors in Zone 3. She is a retired nurse. You can reach her at [email protected]