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COVID-19

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Petition to President of the United States

Mask 2 May

I'm in.  I will wear a mask. I will commit to wearing a mask until May 1, and support the president's campaign to get Americans to take the easiest personal action one can take. I believe the science, and I know that I have a role in helping to combat this pandemic.To slow the spread of COVID-19, the CDC recommends almost all healthy kids and adults wear a mask, except for children under the age of 2 or anyone who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance. "On the first day I’m inaugurated, I’m going to ask the public for 100 days to mask,” - President-elect Joe Biden Experts say that if 95% of Americans wear masks between now and December, we can save almost 70,000 lives. Joe has called on every American to wear a mask when they are around people outside their household.The top reasons for wearing a mask? When you ask people why they wear their mask or cloth face covering, you get lots of different answers, and with good reason. We are all individuals living in different circumstances. The good news is that any reason is the right reason to wear a mask. Here are the top responses to the question, “Why do you mask?” To keep myself well. People often say things like, “I can’t afford to get sick.” Which is true. No one can afford to get sick with a potentially fatal disease. Even a few weeks of illness creates huge inconveniences and financial distress for many. While we know that masks actually protect people who come into contact with the wearer more than the wearer themselves, wearing a mask sets a good example and encourages others to wear masks too. That means everyone is less likely to get ill. To keep my friends and neighbors safe. That’s right. Your mask protects others from any infection you may be unknowingly carrying. It protects anyone that you come into contact with, including grocery store workers, fellow shoppers, family, and friends. Many note that they wear their masks particularly to protect the most vulnerable people in our communities, including the elderly and those with conditions that put them at higher risk. It is so easy. Wearing a mask, for most people, is as easy a thing as could possibly be accomplished. It is a small thing that makes a big difference. If you’re having difficulty finding a mask, a handkerchief or other improvised face covering is better than nothing. It’s a form of self-expression. For those artistic folks among us, a mask presents a whole new opportunity to introduce fun colors and patterns to their wardrobe. For healthcare workers and first responders.  Even if you never come into direct contact with a hospital worker or first responder, your mask shows them you care. You are keeping them safe by limiting the spread of illness in your community. We appreciate it! To get back to business. Right on. The more people wear masks, the fewer cases there will be. And when cases are fewer, we can get back to doing the things that make our lives healthy and productive, like going back to work and back to school. We’ll also have easier access to the services we rely on, which is good for our neighbors’ livelihoods and our economy overall. To get back to fun. Masks lessen cases. The more of us wear masks, the sooner we will be able to do things like visit friends, go to movies, travel where we want, and eat out safely. It’s a way to show your support for good times ahead. Showing yourself in your mask helps normalize it for people who are still uncomfortable with wearing theirs. Before long, when everyone has a mask on, it’s no longer unusual. You may even stop noticing altogether. Until, you see someone without a mask, which will seem out of place.  

Earl Bridges
8 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Gannon University Adminis

End Gannon University's Restrictions on Online Learning/ Remote Delivery

Following the conclusion of the Fall 2020 term at Gannon, a decision was made by our campus leaders to tighten remote delivery rules (the guidelines that decide who is allowed to attend online classes). The new guidelines state that remote delivery will ONLY be available to students who "physically cannot be on campus due to a diagnosed medical condition that creates a greater risk for she/he contracting the virus." and "Students traveling from a place with a travel ban or restriction."   The new policy adds that, "Temporary remote delivery will continue to be available to students for the spring 2021 term for the following reason: Students who are in quarantine and/or isolation will be given temporary remote access to their classes." The deadline they released to request remote delivery was Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. The policy adds that, "Our experience from the fall semester shows that our classrooms are safe environments."  As Gannon University Students, we believe that right now, at the peak of this terrible pandemic, Gannon students should not need to provide any formal excuse to utilize online learning options from their pod at their home. Reasons for this conclusion include:  The current policy does not take into account students with other disabilities, beyond those that make them more susceptible to COVID, that threaten their sense of safety on campus. This includes students with mental health disorders, trauma histories, and other personal issues that may make living in isolation on campus, or attending classroom gatherings difficult.  The current policy operates under the assumption that this semester is the same as last semester, and that classrooms will remain a safe space despite the significant influx in cases of COVID across the country, and in Erie County, over break  The policy disregards commuter students and healthcare workers. The current policy does not account for any life circumstances beyond very specific physical illnesses. Commuter students who live with family members who are immunocompromised, and students who are healthcare workers are not considered for remote delivery.  Ultimately, the policy fails to acknowledge that if students- for any reason- do not feel comfortable gathering in class (a high risk situation according to CDC guidelines) or living in tight quarters with other students on campus, they should have access to remote classes through the infrastructure that already exists on campus (cameras and microphones have already been installed in classrooms).  At a time when in-person gatherings are risky, having less students on campus should be a welcomed, not resisted, as it will decrease risk for all members of our Gannon and Erie community.  While we recognize that their is a financial strain being placed on all campuses, across the nation right now due to this unexpected pandemic, we stand together today to ask that Gannon places it's values of "inclusiveness and social-responsibility" above all else, and work with students to reimagine remote delivery guidelines to accommodate the circumstances and personal limits of all students. 

Kathryn Dickey
172 supporters