EXETER — Several area parents have started an online petition calling on the SAU 16 administration to “commit to an action plan” to bring back middle and high school students to in-person learning full-time.
Parents Melissa Hanlon and Susan Shanelaris along with other SAU 16 parents have circulated the Change.org petition that quickly garnered more than 500 signatures.
The petition calls on the administration and the Exeter Region Cooperative School Board to commit to following the state of New Hampshire’s guidelines for reopening schools, as opposed to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
It also calls on SAU 16 to commit to allowing for 3 feet of indoor social distancing, instead of the CDC recommended 6 feet.
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It also requests they enter a memorandum of agreement for opening next school year that “allows flexibility” for adapting to changing local conditions regarding the pandemic and commit to “exploring” the potential uses of alternative space, such as holding classes in outdoor tents with a specified implementation date.
“Our goal is to overcome all of the barriers, so