May 15, 2021


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An unofficial Columbia County field vacation will cause excitement among mothers and fathers

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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) – An unofficial field journey in Columbia County is producing a buzz among moms and dads.

When COVID turns a university calendar year upside down, parents have stepped in to fill some educational wants.

When COVID canceled Steven Creek Elementary’s once-a-year fifth-grade field vacation, some dad and mom made a decision to approach their very own, but not every single college student was invited.

But queries now arising, where some mother and father were authorized to take their youngsters on a 3-day instructional field excursion, but other moms and dads say they weren’t offered the choice.

“It’s not alright,” a person parent stated.

Some dad and mom of Stevens Creek fifth-graders, heartbroken after their youngsters ended up still left out of an unofficial academic vacation to Jekyll Island prepared all through college hrs.

“Starting from kindergarten at this faculty, these youngsters are led to buzz up this overnight camp that they get to do when they’re in 5th grade,” a single mom stated.

The excursion canceled due to COVID. So, some mother and father stepped up to re-system the journey them selves. The dilemma: only about 22 out of the 158 fifth-quality pupils from Stevens Creek have been invited to show up at.

These mothers did not want to surface on digicam for anxiety of backlash.

“This is terrible for a kid that by now acquired anything taken away last 12 months for the reason that of a pandemic,” one mom stated.

A further guardian declaring it is not just emotionally harming for her youngster, but a skipped academic chance.

“The truth that a decide on group of college students ended up authorized to go, devoid of presenting that choice for other parents to also include things like their pupils — I do believe it is discrimination as much as affording the identical sort of academic opportunities,” a mother stated.

Mother and father of little ones on the excursion experienced to ask for an excused absence from the college applying a specific event request sort.

The college telling dad and mom in a letter, “This journey is an superb studying practical experience for learners. However, the planned camp trip does occur at an inopportune time.”

Still, the requests ended up authorised so prolonged as the learners built up any operate they skipped in class.

“Her teachers told them that this week since so numerous little ones were being heading to be absent, that they were likely to have to have a evaluate 7 days mainly because they couldn’t proceed with lesson arranging,” a mother claimed.

Mother and father say they would like the school would have produced these pupils choose the vacation exterior of faculty hours, or informed all mom and dad they could take their young ones out of college for a few times for their own instructional trips.

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