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Group of Douglas County students launch effort to stay remote, rather than returning to hybrid

Students collecting signatures for petition
Douglas County School District
Posted at 8:31 AM, Jan 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-26 19:27:14-05

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. — While many school districts in the metro have resumed in-person learning for secondary students, some Douglas County School District students are pushing to stay remote for the time being.

"I think with remote learning there’s consistency on all fronts, not just for students but for teachers and parents as well," said Legend High School senior Ailani Paramo.

Paramo said many of her peers feel the same way, and they're working to gather signatures to present to the Douglas County School Board before their Feb. 2 meeting. That's when the board is set to decide if and when students will return to a hybrid model.

Not all families agree. Last week, Castle Rock parent Nate Ormond launched an effort to recall four school board members because of the delay returning students to school. Ormond said students are suffering academically and mentally.

Legend High School senior Ethan Reed said he understands the argument for in-person learning, but feels all voices need to be heard.

"It should be the students or the teachers leading this rather than the parents because we are the ones being directly affected by this and our voices really need to be heard by this board," Reed said.

To add your name to the petition, click here.