I promised to do something positive with the input, and I intend to keep that promise. The amount and quality of the input has been such that most actions on par with it are really beyond my means. I plan on doing what I do well as action, and that is calmly talking to people. I plan on starting with the principal, and then going to the district superintendent. I will try and capture those meetings for the readers of this blog.
Because AYD (which stands for Awesome Youngest Daughter for those of you who are new to reading my blog) has her last day of school Friday I have put off confronting the School’s principal. Partially out of a reasonable fear of retribution for perceived attacks (he will not be too pleased at the large number of people who call him a “perv”) but mostly because AYD has asked me to. Well…Friday is tomorrow, and I have called in to be put on the principal’s calendar for a short meeting.
Part of me wants to be aggressive about my concerns, but I will not be. I am worried that the meeting will be a letdown where questions are deflected and answers are either forthcoming or made to questions the principal wants to answer rather than the ones I’ve asked.
I have three main points I wish to address:
- The dress code policy is unreasonable and needs to be re-visited before school starts again next year. Changes need to be made in the revision , and performing a rubber-stamp on current policy by examining only selected input will be unacceptable.
- The disciplinary actions taken for minor infractions are family-unfriendly, and put the school at odds with the community. Reasonably dressed individuals should be treated reasonably. If there is a dress-code breaking incident that is clearly borderline the student will have a note or e-mail sent home explaining the violation, asking the parents to correct the violation, and clearly explaining that it was a borderline violation. In no cases will borderline violations be identified by senior staff at the school; their dress-code enforcement time will be spent on egregious violations which disrupt the classroom or demean the students.
- That taking AYD to the office, and preventing her from attending class made the minor violation more important than whatever was to be covered in class that day. As a parent and member of the community I think that arrangement of priorities is wrong. I think it is damaging to the school and my daughter. I have gotten input from many parents at the school and thousands of other concerned individuals. Effort must be made to readdress these priorities and get them in line with what is widely considered reasonable.
Do you think I’m coming on too strong? Do you think I’m soft pedaling? Do you have any suggestions for other things I should ask or bring up?