Edmond Public Schools Parents Rally For 5-Day School Week

Wednesday, September 23rd 2020, 6:25 pm
By: Erica Rankin

EDMOND, Okla. -

The Edmond Public Schools District has been on an A and B learning model since they started back to school. That means that half of the students come to school on Monday and Tuesday. Everyone is virtual on Wednesday and then the other half of the kids go to school on Thursday and Friday.

Wednesday morning dozens of parents showed up early to the district administration building to peacefully rally to do away with the A and B model to allow their kids to go back to the classroom five days a week.

“We want the five days,” said Chris Thiessen. “We believe in our teachers and we support them. We don’t want to just complain but we want to be a part of the solution.”

Parents in the crowd all shared similar stories of how their kids have struggled to learn at home.

“At any given point there are tears,” said Anna Tew. “I have been so patient, and they aren't in trouble. But, for my one kid she is a perfectionist and if she has any mistake and you’re trying to help her - she just starts crying and once those tears start, they don't stop."

Even the kids voiced their stresses and hopes to go back to school to see their friends and learn.

The district responded to the rally, sending News 9 a statement saying:

"The district remains engaged in ongoing discussions with board members about how and when to safely reopen five days a week."

But right now, a meeting isn't planned to discuss or vote on the issue. Parents said they will be rallying every Wednesday morning until they feel their voices are heard or see some change.