Volunteers Try To Reach Thousands Of BCPS Students Who Have Not Returned To Campus To Let Them Know It Is Safe – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports
TAMARAC. FLORIDA. (WSVN) – Thousands of students at Broward County Public School are being flagged as absent and have yet to return to their classrooms, which is why educators and volunteers are now struggling to understand why.
The bags are ready and the volunteers are ready to go.
More than 400 volunteers will visit approximately 6,000 households across the county this weekend.
“It is very important that our students are in school and receive the education they need to prepare for their future success,” said Acting Superintendent of Broward Schools, Dr. Vickie Cartwright.
Broward County Public Schools, the Broward Teachers Union and organizations across the country converged in Broward County this weekend in a bid to reunite with students who have not been on campus this year .
“Trying to reconnect with students who have not yet physically returned to campus,” said Anna Fusco, president of the Broward teachers’ union.
Educators say the COVID-19 pandemic has changed family dynamics for many households. About 6,000 Broward County students remain missing, while about 5,000 others are excessively absent.
“We know right now that we are in the middle of a pandemic, don’t we, so there is a fear that exists, we know it exists,” said Dr Cartwright. “We also know that there are others who are looking for ways to reconnect with us.”
“We are here, we care about us, we are ready,” Fusco said. “We’re back, we want to invite them back to schools and let them know it’s safe.”
After a telephone campaign to reach these students and their families, the volunteers go door to door in order to re-engage throughout the weekend.
“We started off with a phone campaign, so this is actually a further step,” said Dr Cartwright. “We will continue our efforts to locate our children as we want them to return to our places in Broward County public schools.”
Their message is simple: there is no danger in going back to class.
“We make them wear masks, we have air filters being changed, they are working on the roofs, we are working on the air conditioning,” Fusco said. “Social distancing is a challenge because we have so many children but the children are following protocol.”
State law states that children between the ages of 6 and 16 must be enrolled in an educational institution, and educators across the United States are helping to ensure families know about missed issues every day.
Volunteers from the American Federation of Teachers came from across the country to help.
“The teachers are ready, they want you there, the administrator is ready, they want you there,” Fusco said. “Your classmates want you there. This is all just something that I think people might really need to hear.
Officials at Broward County Public School said they made more than 11,000 calls trying to contact students.
They found that many families have chosen alternative education programs, but they still need to hear from others.
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