Hunt District Advocacy
The Hunt District Advocacy Committee recently represented the Hunt District PTA at National PTA’s Annual Legislative Conference. We had the opportunity to attend advocacy workshops and participate in virtual meetings with the offices of several members of Congress, including Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine and Representatives Jennifer Wexton, Bobby Scott, and Morgan Griffith. During these meetings, we discussed the National PTA’s legislative priorities, including the need for funding for our school infrastructure, access to affordable Broadband, and legislation that would ban seclusion and restraint practices in our schools. For a complete list of National PTA’s legislative priorities and ways that you can get involved at the federal level, visit https://www.pta.org/home/advocacy.
At the local level, the Hunt District PTA Executive Board sent a letter to the School Board and Acting Superintendent Dr. Zeigler requesting that Loudoun County Public Schools develop protocols and recommendations to resume artistic outlets for our students at this time, similar to the way protocols and guidelines have been implemented for our sports programs. In our letter, we acknowledged the positive impact of the arts on our students and stressed the importance of ensuring that all schools have equal access and consistent practices regarding their in-person artistic opportunities. We shared examples of several successful local programs and provided links to guidelines from reputable organizations that utilize CDC recommendations to create best practices for reopening performing arts programs. If this is something you support, we encourage you to reach out to your School Board member to share your personal experiences with this issue and advocate for any changes you would like to see. Contact info for School Board members can be found at https://www.lcps.org/Page/226240
Advocacy Committee Chair