Parents and teachers demonstrate for students to return to in-class learning
Hundreds of parents and teachers in Wake County say in-person learning needs to happen now, for all ages. They are gathering for a demonstration outside the Wake County Public School System's headquarters in Cary.
Okay. Okay. Hey, we put video, but if you don't wanna take the video, we can just can and show this instead. It's much interesting. Yeah. Thanks. Here. Yeah, Yeah, yeah, yeah. No. Absolutely so many points on both sides. Take a look behind. Yeah. Hi. Yeah. Wear here at the Wake County Public School System Headquarters, where parents, teachers and students gathered here behind me. Thio rally taking over there they just started and wait a significant about e They just want the Oh, what's up? I spoke with a couple of students here today. One of them on. He told me he's not getting a good education. He said all my murder has brought on a not hold you back outside. No way did also speak with parents here and say it is difficult to see their Children struggling whom they just want other Children to be able to both back to the classroom on get some sort of normalcy. We are expecting about 200 people here. Of course, we will keep you updated a. Then I will talk about Thio. Okay. Thank you. E can't talk with now. North Carolina reporting in spite get a life Detective. That one? Uh huh. E o perfect. We'll just have probably have you stand right there. Or do you want this on? You could just come here. Oh, no. Oh, shoot. You're gonna look at me. Okay? Perfect. Just running a big yes, we'll be quick. Okay, let's get started. Get started. Wait one second. Jim Faults was nice enough to bring the flag here way. Haven't been able, Thio impressing in school. And what about six months, baby? For your parents? Just okay? We should be good right back here. Right there. Does that look at me? Okay. Ready? E Absolutely. Terra and Johnson. T a r a hyphen a n n e Johnson J o H N S o N e I am here today to fight for the rights of our Children. I am here because what we're being told is the cure. Keeping schools closed is officially worse than the actual problem. We're being told that co vid this virus is causing the health issues. That's not the health issue that's at hand here. It's mental health issues. That's what our Children are suffering from educational inequality and especially our high schoolers. That's the group that our district decided to leave behind in there plan. And the effects are so far reaching again, especially for our high schoolers. And they're following some kind of agenda that I will never understand. They're not listening to doctors. They're not listening to therapists and mental health professionals, and they're telling us that this virus is they're using it as a scapegoat, and they're right about one thing. It is a health issue, but it's not from co vid. So we're here today to fight to get our kids back in school, in the classroom, out from behind the computer screen and back with their teachers. You have kids. How many? Yes, I have five kids. My oldest is a freshman at High Point University, and then I have. My youngest is almost four years old, and I have three kids all in the middle, there to in high school and a second grader who are in Wake County. How has it been? You know, I know. For the Children kids, it's been difficult for parents to see their kids struggling. How has that been for a reason? It has been a struggle, and it is, um, really hard to watch. You know, our Children are just not used to learning that way, and most from what I'm hearing from talking to other parents, most can't learn that way. Their grades are suffering there, but their mental health is suffering the social isolation alone. It's causing so many issues and meltdowns. And it's affecting parent child relationships to their coming apart at the seams. Because a parent is now the teacher and the principal and the mom and all these other jobs that they're not used to having that they shouldn't have. That's not what we signed up for. You're hoping that this county district that opens up the school, do you? Do you feel like that? Something that might happen? Yes. I think if we speak loud enough that the schools are going to listen and realize they need to stop following some agenda and start doing what's right for the Children and putting the Children first. This is your first time rallying here, Correct? Yes. And, uh, is this a weekly thing? Uh, bi weekly. What is the plan? So we're creating the plan when we realize that they're making their plans that have a plan. We're creating our plan as we go to and we will be back next week. Perfect. Anything else in their title? A good question. Anything else I wanna add on? You know, I do think that I think right now, a lot of people are I believe that teachers, air heroes and I don't know anybody that wouldn't say the same. So do I think we should take safety precautions? Absolutely. But the problem that I see the biggest problem that I see with it all is when restaurants are open and bars are open and amusement parks are open and our teenagers are working in those places. But the schools aren't open. That's a serious problem. So the double standard and hypocrisy of what is quote unquote safe or not safe is what makes me insane. And why our Children are getting put to the bottom of the list instead of them being made the priority. Wait, who am I talking to bythe okay about that. Represent 17%. 17%? No, that 17%. Yeah, Man, Parents out here. Are you hurting? E? No. Parents tried. You're hurting, right? I'm hurting. I watched my kids e third time. They're not getting a social interaction that they we are hurting for. Our kids wear hurting just as much as they are everybody. Everyone here needs our kids back in school. Right? Let's do that. Let's let our voices be heard. Not just our emails. Our voices be heard. Thanks again for coming out. I'm representing District to Greg Hahn. So if you play well, Spring Garner. Yes. We have to get a little luck with this keyboard Mary back in. But you stepped up to write in. We need to support everybody way need five. We need serious change on the school board. Serious change begins. Have one or two people elected into this school. But we need everybody to make serious change because I had a moment today with my kids. You've got to in high school right now. You're struck. I was really had a breakdown moment today. It was off. We need to get these kids back in school where they belong. Back playing with scores back then with friends back learning because learning spring is not gonna help. It's not. I'm done with it. Plantation right here is fantastic. With 24 hours, I'm proud to step up. I support parents. I support teachers Are support our students where you need to get back to school. Thank you. I mean, there's been It's worth. All right, Here I am a does all of you felt the same thing? Is all of you saying Yeah, we're doing everything we were supposed to do within the system. And you listening hard. Are you there struggling? Our teachers, they're struggling. There panic there. Teachers they have meeting. They're trying to take having you need to stick and virtual learning. For those of us who chose to go that they took our option away. Make me. You're right. I have my name on the back Have anymore sitting here and taking no and hearing it can't be done. It can't be. It can't be done. But they don't want it with the Didn't you do want to do it? Our kids healthy. We want our teachers helping. You wanna stay healthy? Compare more than just physical safety, missile safety, psychological safety, emotional safety. While being all of that is just as important, you're all committed to reducing the spread of coronavirus. We're already we're all committed. Thio Www way could do that in our He's just saying we can't start saying e All right, y'all. Hey, thanks for coming out. We really appreciate it. We want you guys to stick around and you can mingle. You could gather. All right. You can talk to us. If you have any questions about our plans to get kids back in school, let us know. Okay. Come talk to us. Come talk to great hand and district to Mary Beth and District five and me. Steve Burke's from a district date. But we also want you guys to come up here. Now is your chance to come up and tell your stories why you want your kids back in school. Tracy, you wanna work G o? Well, let's see what happens on October 6 when they meet again. All right. If they give us these half baked plans, then yeah, I guarantee there's gonna be another rally. If they continue to change the plan every other week, there's gonna be another rally. More people are gonna show up. This is a 24 hour group. I don't know how many we got here. We got at least 150 possibly 200 people here right now. We've got a lot of people here and this is in 24 hours, right? I guarantee you, October 6, we're all gonna be listening. We're gonna be listening to what they say and we're gonna be getting the word out. Even Mawr in greater numbers. Come October 6, they better start listening to families. Alright, A good question. Who else got a question? All right, good. Hey, guys, Thanks for coming out. Thank you, everyone. E o brien here. Brian here spoke to ABC 11 earlier today, and he's going to share with us his words of wisdom. How is everyone doing tonight? Thank you for coming out. I'm Brian Grocer. You might see my posts on Facebook regarding this, but thank you all for coming out on 24 hour notice. I'm not running for office. I am not a teacher. My wife was a teacher in this system for 12 years. She's also a nurse practitioner who has probably seen a number of your kids in the holly Springs and people areas. So I come with a pretty unique perspective of folk teacher in the health side of everything. So lets you know It's interesting today. You know, we're here a couple weeks out from an election, but I'll tell you right now, I guarantee you and I'm not gonna ask for a raise of hands or anything like that. But I guarantee you that we have Republicans way have Democrats, and we have independence all standing here. Why? Because we're all united under one cause and it's to get our Children back in school. Now, Now, now, in November, whenever elections do come around, I'm gonna share those secret. I'll be a little honest with, hopefully, Steve and the others Don't take the mic from me on this, but when I show up at a ballet, oftentimes I don't really know those candidates that are under for the school board. You know, you might just well put, uh, you know any name you want there because I don't know anything about Hey, and I think it's achieved way. Don't think that probably necessarily holds that position. It's not media conference on a regular basis. You know what's more important in reality than those national things? No, Absolutely. Are your local Uh, a What's happening So wrong Reasons Because they screwed your Children A. They have this nice building where their next put together policies help Children succeed. Guess what? Five? Six. Very superintendent. Since before be until I second allegedly had a framework be phenomenal right now. I mean, today, Governor Cooper, 14 said that we could go to Plan B. How Maney Plan B parents air here. Oh, almost everybody here. And I hate that it's labeled as a plan B parent because we didn't get a choice of planning a eso. I know. He's a doctor and the doctor Martin threaten about Plan B. Parents not wanting to go to Plan A is ludicrous. We never got a choice. All right, so Governor Cooper tells this board that we can do Plan B. Does the board start planning on July 15th on how we're gonna get these kids in to school under Plan B? No. You know what they did? You know what they did. A week later, they went to plan C. Now they went to Plan C. They called it a politically correct name. Plan B transition. Usually when usually when you're transitioning, that means you're going forward. You're going somewhere, right? Not reverse. We all went reverse we want to play and see. They just didn't want to follow that. So a week later, they go to play and see. And what did they do when they went to play and see? What did they tell all of you? Their electorate. People that they are working for? Supposedly. What did they tell you they were going to do? They were gonna watch the metrics watching data points. When the data points in the metrics, you go back right. We offer Thio There's not a single one with without knowing what it took to actually in our kids. With what? That plan once they got in, Just like one day tomorrow. How many here have friends that lives in Florida from Georgia, Texas? Every place. Yeah. So wave in another country. Is there something different way? Last I checked. Come on, The way our So I think. Why is it so hard? It's too hard. Allegedly you plan to get back August rolls around. We start. These kids are how many? I want to take any of you to realize that playing be parents. This wasn't working for your kids. How many realized it in a week. How many realized it in two weeks. Let me ask you this. How many have you got? A lot of students here, right? How many students that air here have struggled with their classes online? How many? Don't be ashamed that it's not your fault. You didn't have this happen, Thio. You didn't do anything about this. Yeah, we've got students that are struggling, but we had an option. You had an obstinate plan B that we were never given. Parents started getting that and I actually thought it would be a couple of weeks from now When Great start coming in for the quarter in terms of what? Your final grades Your big and you'd see you're a students becoming be students. You see your be students becoming C students on. That's where parents would get mad. Yeah, parents got mad a lot sooner than that because they saw the graves that were already starting to come in And it was a wake up call. Kids with a d h d and they can't sit there in front of a zoom meeting for six hours and try and pay attention way potential social anxiety that air sitting inside of their rooms for hours. They never seen their friends in months, and they're still sitting there listening to a zoom, many for hours. This'd isn't school folks on. And then on top of that, not only are they in school, but after that they're working for another hour or two because the teachers air pushing a bunch of other work on top of him on top of the six or seven hours that they've been working. And guess who's been doing a lot of that work with them. Plus, how many of the parents in this crowd right now are heavy job that is outside of the house but are staying home to help teach the kids during the day. How many? I've got three. All right, I've got an elementary. I've got a middle. I've got a high school. You know how easy that is to track a schedule with three kids, three different, uh, schools and trying to track when each kid is going to class and when each kid has a break and everything else on, I still have to work. I'm trying to work from my office, and every 20 minutes I'm getting interrupted with Dad. I don't understand this. Dad, I got a test coming up at four, and I don't think I'm ready for it. What do you mean, you have a test? I haven't even seen that. Oh, that's right, cause I gotta click through five different links. Do you find out what your freaking schedule is? You know, that's not school, all right? And their grades are the ones that are being impacted. Steve asked earlier how many juniors air here are just high schools in general. Let me ask you that high school is just a best time in the best memories in your life are in high school. It really are. It's just a great it's a unique opportunity in your life. But the reality is you're competing. You're here in Wake County, but you're competing. Remember those kids I talked about in Florida and in Georgia and in Texas here in Houston? You know, if you're trying to apply for these colleges, it starts your freshman year. It doesn't start your junior year, Junior year. You're just applying freshman years when it starts and when it counts and when it matters, you are at a disadvantage by sitting in your house trying to work within the current system when the people you are competing against are getting in person instruction and it's not fair. And it's not fair because people in that thing thistle is what I'm talking about. So let's fast forward on the dates parents start getting mad. Guess what school board all of a sudden starts to Dio. Oh, crap Way. Got to come up with a plan on dso they throw out the idea of Okay, we're gonna do this Plan B on throw out of date when they I don't know if they threw a dart at a dartboard or what when they came up with, but they come up with late October as an idea. Okay, that we're gonna start returning these kids in late October. And if you recall under Plan B, everybody was going to be coming back, correct. We're going to be moving everybody back under Plan B because guess what? That's what we signed up for in July. That's what you agreed to do. Yes, I understand there's some people that want to stay home. That's great. That's why it's virtual academy. That option was there for them, and they had that option the hotel way have. So they tried to cobble together plan. If you've seen my Facebook posts, I went in to create detail about how they screwed that up because it was clear they didn't have a plan and they're scrambling to put something together. So then they came to vote. Now they've had seven seven board meetings now, tellingly, except for this past week, all of them have been remote. Right? So here they are, trying Thio have an idea of whether or not they're gonna bring the kids back. Yet they don't ever come and actually meet in person. They're all meeting remotely. And there's only what eight of them, like, last I checked from Cooper, they could be in the same room at the same time, and maybe they could have a discussion. So instead of meeting remotely and after the seventh meeting, we saw what happened this past Tuesday, right? Y'all got Hoodwinked on Tuesday, You know that? You got rid work now. I'm a negotiator. I mediate all the time. You got Hoodwinked. Here's why they gave you a plan. They said y'all parents were gonna do Plan B. That's what we're gonna dio you all got on board with it to some level. You're not happy with that plan. But you understood This is what we're doing way. Probably would still be upset having this rally regardless. Right, because we weren't happy with the plan they were giving us. But guess how the hood went. Thio Commissioner, Superintendent mawr came up with a plan 24 hours before their vote. 24 hours. You've been head of framework since July 2nd for Plan B, And you keep telling us publicly and telling the media that you've been working on a plan the whole time and it's hard. It takes time. It takes time. What? You came up with one in 24 hours. If you know what that plan WAAS send them all remote If they're under, if they're over the grade of three, If you're above third grade, you're all being remote for the rest of semester. Anybody looked at the calendar and no one that semester ends January 15th. Yeah, they ain't going back to school until January 20th of 2021. January 20th, 2021. They came up with that plan in 24 hours. So they brought it. You could tell the board was upset. You could tell that the good doctor on the board was upset because he was being forced to actually do something on. If you recall, if you watched, he was like, I don't like either one of these plans because I think there's a third plan and I thought Site was actually gonna hit him across the face because he was tired. Sitio e. I think I would have voted for something if that's the case. But, I mean, it's just frustrating, right? It's frustrating. Uh, what happens? So 24 hours, they come up with a plan that is worse. This is what I'm saying. Your hood ways. It was worse than what had been proposed before. Y'all weren't already happy with the original plan. So what did they do? They came up with a plan that was worse so that when they voted for the plan that you didn't like, you would think that plan was a little bit better, even though it was the same plan. Because it's worth it was better than the worst plan. That's garbage, folks. That's garbage. All right, there is no reason. You can't tell me a single reason why these kids cannot be going back on Monday. Can't. All right, I know that they've been a paralysis through analysis, which is bored where they have done studies. They've done surveys and they've done data entries and everything else. But at the end of the day is Steve Let's do What was it that matter when they actually voted, it seemed to mimic the requirements from the You notice that? Yeah. Not from the parents, not from the kids, not from that of the N C. A. A. That's wrong. That's wrong. Eso We're here today to see if we can get these classes opened up for everybody. High schoolers included the 04 to be out of stole for two full quarters. They can't afford to be out. You can't make up that difference. Those grades count regardless if you're in school or out of school. So if your kid is struggling now, halfway through the first quarter, what do you think it's gonna be in mid January? How many kids they're gonna check out by that time? How many kids They're not going to sign up for classes how many kids they're gonna fall behind, even further than they already are. Way Can't let that continue to have them. So, in closing while our kids are forced to sit for hours and listen to remote learning because of the people in this building, you all are taking a stand for your kids for their education and for their future. And I know that they've response. They've failed to respond to most of our e mails that we sent with robo responses. This is really you've got cameras. Now you've got media. Now they see your numbers, They see this message and everybody that's here is representative of 10 15 20 other people that they know that air just like them that couldn't make it here. I mean, the Facebook groups 5500 people who just created what wake and a half ago waken do this. We've got to keep the pressure on them on. We've got to keep the pressure on them politically by voting the people that are standing with you today. Notice any board members here? We're at the building. Were at their building. They could just walk out that front door there Not here. There are people that are here. They're standing with you next to me. Is one of them float them in in a few weeks. E man. Thank you, Mom. Eso Michelle asked if she could come up now Michelle was a nurse for 27 years. Okay, on. I think she just wants to give us a few words of wisdom. Everybody A z a mother of five. I think it's important that we remember that education is not just about our kids learning some information and being able to spit it out on a test. The reason why we train up our Children is to be adults, right? Critically thinking financially independent, with goals and with dreams. And those have been squashed from our Children because it has just become just get through this class and just get it on a piece of paper so that we can give them what they want, which is good test results. That is not what we want. What we want is well rounded. Kids were ableto handle conflict. Our kids need to be able to handle difficulty in their lives. This is a difficult situation. They need their friends. They need tohave extras they need to be in their sports. They need to have whatever it is that they're great at. Not everybody is incredibly academic. Some people live in the arts and in drama and a on that is what our tax money is going to. We need to do what is best for our Children, and we don't need to teach them toe fear a disease. Here is the deal, guys. This'll has a lower death rate than the flu. Thanks be to God. Young people are not impacted by it and they are not carriers of it. So why are we penalizing them? Way cannot continue. And what? I can't remember who was before Brian. That was speaking with Greg? Yes, There you are. Um, it is so true that the people that are on our local district it is so important what happens on this nine member board in our schools. You're seeing that they have the power to completely rule our lives when they rule our Children's lives. And we cannot let that happen. Guys, they have been using our schools in order to do daycare for the teachers that are teaching, e is it that those Children can't carry this disease. But cars are. I mean, are are the ones with the plague, but their kids are fine. This makes no sense. It makes no medical sense. It makes no scientific sense. And it makes no logical sense that we should have our Children locked up for so much time. It was fine in the beginning when we did not know what what was causing this way. Didn't know how people were going to be impacted. We get that we were all in agreement. But the fact is, they're there to serve us. And I understand that teachers want to be safe. But the other night on the school board meeting, which you don't wanna watch this I think I brought lost brain cells. But But they're saying, Well, we want the teachers. They're gonna be so much easier because they're gonna have to teach the classes and we're gonna separate them into threes. So they're gonna have to teach the same class three times, and then they're gonna have to teach it online. And I'm thinking to myself, Why don't you just have the teachers that can't come to school because they do have a medical condition. Why aren't they in charge of the online teaching? For every our solutions, why are we not choosing solutions and pray tell the other night they're asking, What are we gonna do if someone comes up? Covic. Positive. I mean, we've only known that answer since April, right? And they're still asking on September 29th or September. Yes, it was September 29. Guys, this doesn't make any sense. Why aren't they fighting toe open our schools? Why aren't they fighting to get back into the classrooms? Why aren't they fighting for our Children? That's the question you need to ask yourself. And that's why we need to change at the school board level. That's why we need to change the school superintendent to Catherine. True it. That's why we need a new governor. That's why way North Carolina, because we're supposed to be off the people, by the people and for the people, not off the elected officials that are only a handful of people. For the 10.5 million people that live in this case, it's not for us to get our kids back to school to get them back to light and it's time for us to stop living in fear. E Yeah. How do you follow that up, everybody? Let's get kids back to school. This is just simple to everybody. Waken do this way can do this. I appreciate every single one of you coming out. Listen, uh, I have a master's degree in political science E I had zero intention of ever running for office. None whatsoever. I started seeing the struggles that our schools are going through right now before, before Koven, before the shutdowns. There are so many issues that need to be handled at Wake County Public school system. You have candidates? Mary Beth coming forward after we're supposed to declare for the election. She's coming forward. She's putting forth the effort here. Uh, lesson. About a month and a half before the election day, she said, I will. I will run. I will be the voice for the families that are marginalized on ignored being marginalized and ignored no more. You need to let your voices be heard. Thank you. Thank you for showing up every single one of you way. Appreciate you. Let's get to work. You guys have a great night. Let's enjoy the weekend way. Thanks so much. Everybody have a great night e. Thank you. Okay. E a Yeah. E o e really e number e important. Not welcome. Yeah, E Yeah. A e a e. Yeah, I think e Okay. Thanks, e. I'm e e e e e e e. I know. He's like, you know, e nobody e you You live in the o e. I will link up with you. We will give you a stack of door hangers. You could hang in the neighborhood from now until November. Okay, I'll give you this stuff. You can pass that out. OK? E yeah. E o e e e You scare your e. Okay. Uh, e a right e o Okay. E e e Yeah. E z e I'm a quarter e. Okay. Yeah.