California students are planning a “strike” if the school does not meet their COVID requirements

California students are planning a “strike” if the school does not meet their COVID requirements

Over 1,200 students signed the petition, which gives the school until Jan. 17 to meet their demands, or else the students will “strike” and not go to school beginning on Jan. 18 until their demands are met.

Story Highlights:

  • The group of students issued a “District Wide Petition” earlier this week demanding that the OUSD either switch to remote learning, or distribute KN-95 or N-95 masks for all students, two weekly PCR and rapid tests for every person on campus, and “More outdoor spaces to eat safely when it rains.”

  • The students will then protest outside the district office building beginning on Jan. 21. 

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Around 52,000 attended OUSD schools during the 2020-2021 school year, according to data provided by the district.

A sanitizing station sits in Catherine Fletcher’s first grade classroom during the first day of partial in-person instruction at Garfield Elementary School in Oakland, Calif. (Jessica Christian/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images)
((Jessica Christian/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images))

According to the document, the petition is addressed to OUSD Superintendent Kyla Johnson-Trammel and school board members.

 “This letter is to inform you that OUSD students are not comfortable going to school with the rising cases of COVID-19. There’s a lot of concerns regarding safety measures and how to protect us from COVID-19, especially the highly contagious Omicron variant. We must go back to distance learning until the cases go down again,” the petition states. “In order to ensure a safe learning environment, we demand you give us KN95/N95 masks and weekly PCR testing. If these demands are not met, we will be striking by not attending school. We will be striking until we get what we need to be safe.”

In part, the students’ claim that in-person learning is not safe because of increased coronavirus cases, no access to N-95 masks, no weekly testing, and desks are not spaced out in classrooms. BIDEN TO SEND MILLIONS OF COVID-19 TESTS TO SCHOOLS TO PROMOTE REOPENING

Students at Carl B. Munck Elementary School as California Gov. Gavin Newsom visits their classroom, Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2021, in Oakland, Calif.(Santiago Mejia/San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images)
((Santiago Mejia/San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images)) The Director of Communications for the OUSD John Sasaki provided Fox News Digital with a statement that reads that the district is “aware” of the petition and is working to meet most of the students’ demands.

“We share the students’ concern about the spike in omicron cases of COVID-19. That concern is why we have distributed KN-95 and N-95 masks to all staff. We have also ordered enough KN-95 masks for all students. They will be distributed to students as soon as they are delivered. We have had the supplies for new covered eating spaces at dozens of schools, including new tables and shade structures, on order since, in some cases, last summer. Supply line issues have slowed their delivery significantly. Where deliveries have been made, our staff is already installing these structures at schools, and this process will continue as we receive more of the supplies,” the statement reads.  CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP 

Sasaki also said that the school district has received 200,000 KN-95 masks and is distributing them to individual schools.  He added that the OUSD has been in contact with the students who created the petition and said that discussions would continue.

Responding to the students’ concerns surrounding coronavirus testing, the district said that tests are available at ten hubs around the school district.
A teacher instructs her second graders ahead of California Gov. Gavin Newsom visiting the classroom at Carl B. Munck Elementary School, Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2021, in Oakland, Calif. (Santiago Mejia/San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images)
((Santiago Mejia/San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images))

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