As four-day learning begins at Edina High School, Hybrid students have returned while EVA students have the freedom of sitting at home. The freedom of EVA students has recently been heavily restricted by the EHS administration.
Admin released a statement last week announcing that “All EVA students will now be restricted to their homes for their own safety. An increased number of students have left the state in utter peril for vacations with the intent to complete their attendance-based assignments, with no effort from outside the school district..”
The unexpected decision has created an uproar amongst parents. Susanne Roberts, a parent of both a junior and sophomore, has started a petition against the new restriction. At the most recent school board meeting, an issue addressed was how Roberts’ vacation to the Bahamas was still planned and how her followers would strike by promising to not contribute to athletic boosters in the upcoming school year.
EVA students are also voicing their concerns about the matter on Instagram. Students have created the hashtag “#wewantourfreedom” as a form of virtual protest. The collection of posts include photos of homebound students and their families sitting outside of their houses in protest. “If I have to spend my senior year living in a pandemic, I want to be able to do my schoolwork from the safety of another, tropical state due to the increased cases in Minnesota,” senior McKaylee Harris said.
While students’ and parents’ efforts continue, there is no change in sight for a review of this new order. Some students’ families have taken the situation into their own hands and have paid for tunnels to be installed under their house to escape to the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. EHS administration has not yet released a statement on what actions they will take against the burgeoning rebellion.