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Parents for Virtual Choice

 Trenton this Friday 10/8/21 10:50am 


With school starting parents have no option. This is wrong Mr. Governor and you know it.  Listen to your residents. 


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We are a group of parents from all walks of life with many reasons for wanting a Virtual Option. We do not stand for one reason. We stand for all. A Virtual Choice is needed for any family who wishes for this option no matter the reason or status of their children. 

" Just because you're over the pandemic doesn't mean the pandemic is over" 

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Why We Need A Virtual Choice

Here you will find stories that may relate to you.

33 states have permanent free public virtual school options. When will New Jersey get with the times and join them? New Jersey needs to offer a Virtual Choice! 

If you'd like us to share your story, please send us an email at njpfvc@gmail.com.  We will post quotes anonymously unless you choose to use your name. It's your choice!

 

Compromised & IEP's

Why We Need A Virtual Choice:


“My daughter has a rare genetic syndrome that involves a compromised heart, lungs, and immune system. She is too young to be vaccinated (and a vaccine might not even produce antibodies for her) and her team of specialists agrees that in-person school is unsafe for her. She has an IEP and would lose services if I had to pull her out of the district and homeschool her. Her sisters are also too young to be vaccinated and have been attending remote school as well. Sending them back in person would jeopardize her health.” 

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It's happening to Teachers too!

I am have been a teacher for 11 years in the state of NJ. The past 8 years I have been a Special Education Teacher and have given all that I can to serve that community. 
In March of 2020 the trajectory of my career shifted. I started teaching strictly remotely and then was forced to take an UNPAID leave of absence in October of 2020 because my district refused to accommodate my needs. I am a full time caregiver to our dad who suffers from a rare disease and heart issues. In November of 2020 I was forced to resign from a position that I loved. If only virtual was an option for teachers we wouldn't have lost so many. Many of my teacher friends will not be returning in Sept. 
When I heard that students would not be given the virtual option l could not believe it. There needs to be this option especially because any child under 12 is not vaccinated and frankly as an educator I would not be comfortable. You know how many times I have been seriously sick because of my job? Too many! Any way there needs to be a way that virtual school can still exist for some students. Maybe you can hire teachers to just teach virtually? There are always solutions and having virtual learning is one of them.

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The once bullied, but not anymore

While in middle school and planning ahead for high school, I sought a selective vocational high school that catered to my career interests and provided a high-value academic education. The school that I thought would be a safe environment to grow and learn became the opposite. I faced daily harassment and bullying and was spending more time in the office than in the classroom. When I could be in the classroom, I also lacked the resources for support where I needed them and challenges for what I excelled at. Even with a 504 plan and having to fight for my accommodations regularly, my high school did not meet my needs in this environment.

Upon moving to virtual once COVID hit, it was like a night and day difference. There was no more bullying, as that environment was removed, and I could move at a faster pace than what was being taught. I finished my sophomore year of high school in peace instead of daily stress and frustration. Throughout my time being virtual, I also was able to take online college courses. Because I did not want to return to that high school with the possibility of going back in person the following year and risking exposure, I moved to a private virtual high school in Pennsylvania to finish my education. I was able to finish my high school degree in the summer of 2020, two years early. By December of 2020, I completed my Bachelor’s in Psychology and applied for graduate school in January.

Now, at the age of 17, I am in graduate school pursuing my MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling to soon serve my community.

Parents and students deserve the option to feel that they are receiving a safe education. New Jersey must provide the opportunity to make the best choice for every student's education.

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Why we need Virtual Choice

Here you will find our video that was on display.  

About NJ Parents for Virtual Choice

We are a group of parents and community members who support Virtual Choice as part of New Jersey's future. One year ago we were faced with the unknown when a pandemic struck. For many it has been a blessing. We come to the table requesting a partnership between all stakeholders as we continue to advocate for our students. There are many valid points of view to this conversation which deserve consideration. Please adopt legislation to have a virtual component in 

our New Jersey Public Schools. 


 "Our kids, Our Choice."

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Mother and Daughter

Why is a Virtual Choice important to us?

 

Our oldest child in all the years of in person learning  in our Public School System has never achieved the Honor Roll. With that honor has come perfect attendance, something that has finally been achieved after seven years. A child who was stressed from constant pressures of in person that included bullying became one very open and outspoken person. His attitude has changed significantly in one year from negative to positive. A pandemic suddenly became a blessing. It is not just a family working at home together, it is the great efforts by our teachers and staff too. Virtual is important to us because it guarantees his achievements for the future.

Anonymous Family

My child is very afraid of getting Covid because she saw what it did to my husband and I.  We were supposed to go to Disney in June, her favorite place on earth, and she begged me to cancel the trip. She told me that I'm vaccinated but she isn't and is very afraid of getting sick. If she doesn't want to go to Disney because she doesn't feel safe and it's outdoors, why should I force her to go into a closed classroom? Virtual is important to us because it keeps her safe.

Susana M., Woodbridge Twp, NJ

My preemie spent 16 days in NICU and I am not going back there with him because his siblings were forced to attend school in person and ended up bringing home COVID-19. Moreover with P.1, B.1.1.7, and B.1.35 mutants out there and kids the only population unvaccinated, a "perfect storm" is brewing for the fall school openings where kids are going to get severely ill from uncontrolled spread of these mutants that have specifically adapted to better infect and sicken children and young adults. Virtual is important to us because it keeps us safe. Our bubble is our nest.

Brad H., Scotch Plains, NJ

About Us

New Jersey Parents for Virtual Choice is a group of parents who have banded together to put all our efforts into trying to obtain a Virtual Choice to be adopted by the State of New Jersey by our Public school system. We are not looking to homeschool or be provided a home Instruction scenario. Thirty-Three states have now adopted a permanent virtual model to allow those who wish to remain virtual during and after the Pandemic can do so.

" Just because you're over the pandemic doesn't mean the pandemic is over"

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Before & After Virtual School - Ian

Before & After Virtual School -- Ian
Before: Ian was bullied, got suspended, and was even sent to the hospital for an emergency psychiatric screening. Eventually his parents found him a special ed school with a smaller setting, but it was not the right fit and Ian continued to struggle. The school system was failing him.
After: Ian is thriving in the virtual setting. He learns better without the distractions of other students, his sensory issues, his anxiety, or other issues interfering. He has had perfect attendance and participation and perfect grades through this year of virtual school. Ian now has more time to pursue music – his passion! – and he has positive social interactions with his bandmates.
Ian has always struggled with the traditional in-person school setting. Families should have a choice in what works best for our children’s education!
33 states have permanent free public virtual school options. When will New Jersey get with the times and join them? New Jersey needs to offer a virtual choice.

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Which story are you?

Tell us your story

“My daughter has a rare genetic syndrome that involves a compromised heart, lungs, and immune system. She is too young to be vaccinated (and a vaccine might not even produce antibodies for her) and her team of specialists agrees that in-person school is unsafe for her. She has an IEP and would lose services if I had to pull her out of the district and homeschool her. Her sisters are also too young to be vaccinated and have been attending remote school as well. Sending them back in person would jeopardize her health.” 


33 states have permanent free public virtual school options. When will New Jersey get with the times and join them? New Jersey needs to offer a Virtual Choice! 


If you'd like us to share your story, please send us an email at njpfvc@gmail.com.  We will post quotes anonymously unless you choose to use your name. It's your choice!

 

Get in Touch

New Jersey Parents for Virtual Choice is committed to helping parents have a Virtual Choice.  Questions, comments or special requests? We’d love to hear from you, so don’t hesitate to reach out today. Your contact request is confidential.

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