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How often does the district do active shooter drills? What is called overhead in the schools to alert that there is an active shooter? My son is a student at Garry middle school and talking to him this evening after yet another school shooting I asked him if there has been any drill for an active shooter and he said no. The only drill they have had was a modified lock down. As a parent that concerns me in light of recent events. I would appreciate any information that you could give me.
Why would Spokane schools not cancel school in the middle of a snowstorm such as today the dangers of children walking on sidewalks while tires are slipping down Hills that aren't plowed or treated puts them in danger watching children waiting for the public school buses while they're delayed because traffic is backed up half hour to 45 minutes on the North side on Indian Trail it took me 50 minutes to drive my child to school today normally it's a 13-minute drive putting our children In Harm's Way is not worth the risk what will it take for the Spokane schools to finally realize that maybe canceling school for a day might be the right choice today would have been that day
Ferris' 8th grade parent night is March first. The school calendar says 7-9pm, my middle schooler said 645-745pm. Unfortunately, I don't get a chance to call during the day because of my work schedule and have no idea who to email. Can you confirm time for me and if my student should expect to go to this with me?
Reference: Proposition No. 1 - District 81 - Resolution 2017-20; Page 2, Item 3 "Use of Proceeds" "...to pay such part of the enrichment activities of the District not funded by the State of Washington during such school years, including educational programs, student support services, and operations. "
~ What are "enrichment activities"
~ What are student support services" and
~ Are after school athletic activities included in Item 3 "Use of Proceeds"
Thank you for this service. I have asked two questions and both times they have been answered thoroughly and clearly. It is much easier than calling downtown, waiting on hold, and being passed from person to person, only to end up leaving a voicemail and never hearing back.
It is also nice to be able to see other people's questions and the resulting responses.
What is the districts policy on head lice? We have an unusual amount of unreported instances at our school and were told that there is nothing the school can do to either prevent it or keep the kids at home whose parents refuse to treat them. It is very expensive for the responsible parents to treat their children only to be undermined by those that wont.
Addendum to a previous question- perhaps I wasn't clear: why have we gone from 9 early release days to 12? This does not, as you say, coincide with the removal of late start days, as the 9 early release day calendar took place after the elimination of late start days. What challenges or necessities led to the adoption of three(3) extra early release days, from the previous year's total of twelve (12). By my math, that's a net loss of hours, not, in fact, a gain of any sort. I am not interested in what the bare minimum requirement per state law may be, just in the motivation behind this change.
Also, my second question went unanswered as well. Is this change permanent, or is the calendar likely to include more early release days in the future?
Why is the Winter Break schedule so ridiculous this year? Who does it benefit to have a week in January after the holidays? This crazy schedule makes holiday travel very difficult and lessens time spent with family. There is no need to have an additional week in January once all holiday festivities are over, family has all left town, and parents have to return to work. Please do NOT do this again!! Would so much rather have time BEFORE the holidays to spend with family and enjoying the holiday season and go back to school after New Years Day rather than having children home for a ridiculous week in January when they will be sitting at home all day. PLEASE do not do this again next year!!
Recently I have lost my phone at school and I believe it someone took it. Immediately I used Find My iPhone and found an address. My mom and I went there and talked to them and they said they didn't have my phone. I feel like I know who took my phone because I know how she looks like and I remember her name from somewhere. I talked to my school's security officer and he said he would look in the tapes from the room I left and see if anyone came after me. If the school security officer does talk to the girl, but she denies having my phone and does have it, is there any way I could get it back?
My name is Stephen with Gonzaga Basketball. We will be hosting a winter basketball camp on January 7 from 1:00 - 6:00 PM. The camp is open to boys and girls grades 1st-6th. In order to get the word out about the camp I wanted to see if we could either drop off fliers or have the camp promo'd in one of your school bulletins. Thanks in advance for your assistance.
Can you point to the specific challenges or problems that have resulted in the need to increase early release days this year from the previous year's total of 9 to 12? Is next year's scheduled total of 12 concrete, or can parents and guardians expect another increase in these days and the burdens that they present if said challenges persist?
My little sister goes to Arlington. She is in kindergarten and has special needs. She has been having a hard time there. She has been in special ed since she was 2. These needs have not been met for her at Arlington. Last year she went to Regal and all her where met as well as social needs. Can she go back to regal. Where I feel like her education will be valued?
So who maintains the headstart property on boone? Their grounds are filled with trash and i live right next door. Raccoons are going through the trash that the employees are failing to pick up. I mean they stand literally feet away from a huge pile of garbage and they just leave it there. PICK IT UP
I had children in Dist 81 and now have grandkids in Dist 81. I am seriously concerned about the significant increase in days that elementary schools are closed, or have early release times, for teacher in-service days, parent-teacher conferences, etc., and now potential late-start days. I am very worried that Dist 81 is creating very unsafe latchkey situations for hundreds if not thousands of students. Many families have two working parents who have to be at work at a specific time. Many of these do not have "drop-of-a-hat" childcare for random school closures, or cannot afford childcare. It seems that a lot of decisions have been made to convenience teachers, without much thought to how the children and their parents are impacted by no-school days and early releases. Do you folks really think that all the children are in safe environments when both Mom and Dad work and you decide to close school for whatever reason? Mom and Dad cannot just go into work late or stay home every Friday that school is closed. Many daycare facilities do not accept children for random days, or the parents cannot afford to pay. I did not find anything about this on this website, and am surprised that there has not been more concern expressed about this situation. Not every family has extended family members or neighbors who can step in to help with child supervision. I truly feel that Dist 81 is CREATING latchkey situations for lots of children, and parents are expected to "just deal with" whatever the school district decides in relation to school closures. I have gladly taken our grandchildren for many of the school closure days, but it's foolish to think that every school child has a safe environment to be in when both parents work. I understand that teachers are overworked, but maybe there should be some alternate solutions considered? Thank you for the opportunity to express my concern.
I noticed that winter break has been changed. Why did winter break change? This year winter break begins Monday, 12/25/17 running through Friday, January 5th. I don't think the district realizes that the majority of parenting plans their students have read.... "the first half of the child's vacation will be with be with Parent A beginning last day of school and ending Christmas at Noon. Parent B will have Christmas at noon until the day before school begins in January." This leaves one parent with no time with their children. Unfortunately, we have a high population of children who are being torn from one parent due to these legal agreements. It would be great if parents would never divorce and parents could work together for the benefit of the child but in today's divorced and blended families it's very difficult. I just spent $2000 to get my parenting plan aligned with my husbands so our blended family can be together and bam... I look and the district has completely changed the vacation time frame. I am looking an entire winter vacation without my children.
Having talked to many, many students and staff members in the Odyssey Program, it seems the Spanish Immersion Kindergarten is causing disruptions for students who were already housed in the Libby Center.
6th graders are not permitted to cross the hall when kindergartners are walking in them. Kindergarten teachers stop Odyssey classes from traveling in the halls, so "the little kids can cross", making middle school students on regimented bell schedules late for their next class and interrupting instruction. Odyssey students stand around the gym during PE, or are forced into the fitness room for age-inappropriate PE class because "the little kids are here", etc. Kindergartners have no business sharing the gym with students that much older. Who puts two classes of students with a minimum of 4 years age difference together in the same gym? The physical difference at these ages is tremendous.
How will SPS address the encroachment on physical space, curriculum delivery, and school culture presented by this year's kindergartners becoming first graders next year and a new group of kindergartners arriving?
Just because one building may have space, doesn't mean four DISTINCT programs should be run out of it (Libby, Spanish Kindergarten, SVS, and all of the admin meetings that occur there).
Odyssey students are already in a rough part of town, their playground is a joke and not age-appropriate, they take classes in portables, pipe wrapping insulation is exposed in the gym, etc.....and yet SPS (which holds up Odyssey alumni as some of the best and brightest in the district) is forcing these students out of their own building; and when they are in the building, disrupting their education.
You can't have it all. Or, if you do, you need to have the space already in place before you implement new programs.
What are your plans for the Odyssey students and other occupants of the Libby Center?
I am moving into Spokane District 81 in the next few months. Old like to know if we move into a specific school zone if my son has to go to that school. I have heard “rumors” that this is not the case and we are looking at a house now that has a middle school I don’t want my son attending. Please let me know the logistics around this. Much appreciated!