Parents stage protest as Paradise Valley Unified School District prepares to return to online learning

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By Irene Snyder | FOX 10

Parents and students at Paradise Valley Unified School District are protesting the district’s decision to move to all-virtual learning, starting on November 23.

Parents say they are very upset about their kids having to go back online. They say that online learning earlier this year already set their kids back academically and socially, and that’s a reality they don’t want to go back to.

“We don’t feel like they’re listening to us and what our needs are,” said Lisa Farr. “We are constituents. We are taxpayers.”

“The kids don’t have the attention span to learn from a screen,” said Jonathon Vanderwerff.

School district officials explained that they had moved into the Arizona Department of Health Service’s “Red Zone,” as a result of having more than 100 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people. (Glendale Union High School District is returning to remote learning today.)

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