Petition to reduce schoolwork for KHSD students garners more than 9,000 signatures

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — A petition by Kern High School District students to get their schoolwork reduced due to the challenges of learning online has received more than 9,000 signatures as of Tuesday morning.

“The workload we are receiving often feels insurmountable,” said Jose Garcia, a sophomore at Stockdale High School. “I need room to breathe because right now I feel like I am suffocating and I can’t keep this up much longer.”

The high school sophomore is among thousands of parents and children that signed the Change.org petition. Danielle Limones says she signed it after watching her daughter work until close to midnight.

“She was very exhausted and tired last night,” said Limones. “She almost had a meltdown and started crying.”

The district sent the following response on the petition circulating around social media:

“This has been a unique opening to the school year. Our goals at the Kern High School District continue to be focused on student learning and success. Evaluating potential learning loss from the spring semester as well as overcoming hurdles of a distance learning environment this school year is a top priority. We continue to work with teachers to ensure students are given the support needed to be successful. It is incredibly important to us that we meet the needs of each and every student.  

“Providing instruction in a distance learning environment is new for our staff as well as students and finding the right balance of synchronous and asynchronous interaction is challenging. We appreciate the feedback from our students regarding what they are experiencing, as it informs our work in providing support. As teacher educators, we owe it to our students to continue challenging them in their learning. We will continue to collaborate as a district to ensure the right balance exists between a rigorous, challenging course of study and the necessary student support for success.”

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