Sisters and Brothers:
Already, your decision to declare no confidence in the Haverhill School Committee is having a noticeable impact.
Just now I received the following response from Toni Sapienza-Donais and Maura Ryan-Ciardiello. As the two members who voted against Tuesday’s ill-conceived motion, they respectfully declined our invitation to tour the buildings next week because they agree with you all that it simply isn’t safe for any of us to be there at this time.
While we’ve achieved no victory yet, it’s clear that by your actions this week, you’ve managed to disrupt the status quo. Keep the pressure on and continue sharing your personal stories with the remaining members of the School Committee.
When we fight, we win.
To read the letter of no confidence and add your name to it, click here.
Anthony J. Parolisi
Haverhill Education Association
Good Evening HEA members,
Maura Ryan-Ciardiello and I will be turning down your invitation to take a tour of each building that holds students as we already “get it”. As former educators we are familiar with what educators face on a daily basis and have listened to staff members during this pandemic about the added pressures of trying to teach during these unprecedented times. That is why we have both supported remote learning from day one to protect the safety of both staff and students. As former teachers we personally would not feel safe in the schools and we therefore would not expect others to be in the schools. It is simply not safe!
I also at this moment in time have lost confidence in the school committee who will not support the safety of our staff and students and feel they should take advantage of your offer of a tour in order to make an informed decision on the 29th. At the meeting on the 29th I will be making the recommendation of having students and staff return to in person
learning after February vacation. According to the latest news release educators will be given the opportunity for a vaccination in February, I therefore will recommend at the meeting on the 29th that staff and students return to in-person learning after February vacation and stay remote until then for the safety of all staff and students. Your motto of “only when it is safe” could not be more fitting.
Toni Sapienza-Donais and Maura Ryan-Ciardiello