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Join 450+ in signing petition: NO plastic grass in LGUSD!

NO plastic grass in LGUSD! Sign  this PETITION  imploring  our elected school board to say NO to the plastic grass (a.k.a. artificial turf) being planned and proposed for Los Gatos K-8 school campuses ( LGUSD ).  Plastic grass does NOT belong on the playing fields or in outdoor classrooms of our elementary and middle schools.  We all share a duty of care to keep our children safe and healthy. The district's proposal to swap tire crumb infill for an alternative infill, possibly plant-based, is NOT sufficient to mitigate the litany of downsides to using plastic grass. Many of the downsides stem from the plastic itself, 80,000 pounds of which would need to be replaced by LGUSD every 8-10 years. [1]  Plastic grass jeopardizes our: health and safety holistic sustainability of the environment [2] financial sustainability Skeptical? Ask the experts! UCSF doctors recommend to LGUSD a moratorium on plastic grass even if alternative infill is used. [3] Valley Water does NOT promote plastic g

Petition endorsements & comments show volume and passion of support for keeping artificial turf off LGUSD school campuses.

Background image from FairWarning Attention supporters The petition below was started 11-12-2021 and was closed 1-24-2022.   Please sign our newer petition at , even if you signed the petition below.   Why?  Because there's reason to be concerned the petition below may have been misconstrued by leadership as primarily representing opposition to tire crumb rubber infill, even though LGUSD, from the start, has been proposing to use an alternative infill product. Thank you for your support!      Backgrounder Los Gatos Union School District is on the verge of making significant changes to its elementary school campus landscapes with regard to play fields, classroom courtyards and outdoor play spaces, including one specifically for kindergarteners. Artificial turf is being considered for many of these surfaces. The district management staff have concluded, without sufficient evidence, that artificial turf is safe and should be considered as s

Los Gatos community, this concerns you even if you don't work at or have kids at one of the affected schools.

This image from reminds us " It takes a village " to raise a community of healthy children.  Speak up for the children in your "village". If artificial turf is installed on some subset of LGUSD campuses as part of the current landscaping project, this will be setting  a precedent of artificial turf usage that may extend across all 5 campuses in time. Actions taken by a community's public schools reflect the values, beliefs, and priorities of the community in which these schools reside.   If you live within LGUSD boundaries , you are represented by the LGUSD school board which was elected to make decisions, including how to spend the school district's budget, on the community's behalf.   The LGUSD school board is meant to be responsive to the values, beliefs, and priorities of its community.    Does use of artificial turf align with your values, beliefs, and priorities?   Part of the mission statement of LGUSD is to develop, through role