Parents plan to protest Philomath School District's COVID-19 closure

Brooks said her and other parents will be protesting outside of district headquarters Friday.

Posted: Jan 8, 2021 1:27 AM
Updated: Jan 8, 2021 10:02 AM

PHILOMATH, Ore.-- Some parents in the Philomath School District said they plan to protest the district's decision to not reopen campuses.

Kelsey Brooks, one of the organizers, said the district needs to open up schools and let students back in the classroom. She said she doesn't agree with the district's decision to keep schools closed out of liability concerns the coronavirus may spread on their campuses. Brooks said she and other parents in the community are finding it harder every day to be a parent, teacher, and provide for their family.

"I think as a whole, our Philomath community has really shown up to support them and for them to not allow them to come back," Brooks said. "As parents we feel incredibly unsupported as members who are running the community."

The district did send an email to parents alerting them that all grades will continue with remote learning. However, officials said there will be plans to get students back in the classroom released to the community soon.

Brooks said she and other parents will be protesting outside of district headquarters Friday, Jan. 8, at 8:30 a.m. She also said she plans on protesting every day until the district allows students back in the classroom.

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