(WTNH) – A petition has been started on change.org to have a distance-learning option for students until COVID-19 numbers go down in the state.

The petition states that children should be given the option to do distance learning instead of in-person classes in order to keep them safe and stop the spread of the virus.

So far, there have been more than 4,000 signatures on the petition.

Tiffany Torok, the woman who started the petition, told News 8 the hope is to make distance learning an option for families who want it. She believes it is important to have the choice.

“Parents know what’s best for their children,” Torok said. “We should be able to make that choice.”

Governor Ned Lamont has repeatedly said that children will remain in school. On Monday, several schools and districts announced closures and delays due to staffing issues within the school systems or bus services.

Torok said there is a rally in the works for Friday outside the governor’s mansion at 5 p.m. She said details are still being worked out, but the hope is to be heard.

To read the petition, click here.