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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!
This website and the message that I received during the lock down stated that the safety of the children is number one priority, but seeing your strategy when a bomb threat is called into school doesn't make me think there is any common sense being applied to the methods being used. Please explain to me how locking down Jefferson elementary, during the shooting in the Freeman district, increases the safety of our children? Does the school board actually think that glorifying this tragedy is helpful? By locking down Jefferson, which is in a totally different district, do you feel that you are helping to remove the potential of this happening again? Locking down Jefferson elementary when they were never in danger, only draws unneeded attention to a troubled child that the school system failed to help ahead of time. did it not?
Your methods of "safety" are seriously questionable, and need to be addressed. To whomever reads this, I appreciate your time, but common sense needs to applied if we are to keep our kids safe.
Why were students and staff not informed for the reason behind Wednesday's lockdown? Was this decision made at the district or building level?
I have no problem with the lockdown occurring , but I do have serious problems with the school not providing information to their students, much less their staff!
As it always does, lack of information led to increased fear, anxiety and rumors. Students were using their own devices (many young children carry phones now) to try and gather information and A. not finding reliable sources B. not understanding Freeman's location relative to their specific school. Some students found information that led them to believe their own family was in jeopardy and spread misinformation.
Many of your students have parents, or other family members, working in or attending small neighboring districts. Your inability, or unwillingness, to provide specific, age-appropriate information led to unnecessary immense emotional pain for the children who are entrusted to you! You then had the audacity to tweet advice on how to talk to children about these issues.
It is appalling that SPS has such lack of confidence in their staff they did not provide information to teachers in a timely manner. Many staff members have family members in other SPS buildings and neighboring districts. Telling SPS staff what is going on alleviates stress, allows staff to appropriately reassure students, and increases their ability to focus on their students, knowing whether or not their family is impacted.
While communication with the public regarding the lockdown was great, you need to take a hard look at how you treat those within your organization.
I heard about the hero custodian who intervened to prevent a catastrophic event from becoming worse. I would like to send this hero a thank you check for his bravery. I try to reward those who spread kindness so needed in our society. Could you provide me the name of the hero and the correct address? Or I could sent the check to the high school and out: (ATTN: custodian) as necessary. Thank you for allowing me to honor such s brave person.
As with everyone, I'm incredibly saddened by today's events. But the SPS's wild over-reaction demonstrates an incredible lack of critical thinking. My daughter describes huddling in a group in the corner, many of the young girls crying thinking there's a madman outside the window about to open fire. There was never any risk to any student in the Spokane School District, in fact there has never been a coordinated attack on multiple districts at the same time in the history of the United States. 'Better safe than sorry' just doesn't cut it: you needlessly terrified hundreds of young, impressionable students for no good reason.
My son takes the bus to Ferris and then rides another bus to Skills Center where he attends the AM session. If his first bus is delayed, then he misses the Skill Center bus. How can this be avoided? Last year he missed the bus 5 times due to his bus being late. Do the bus drivers not communicate? Leaving work to drive him there is not an option this year. Is it considered an unexcused absence, what is he supposed to do for 3 hrs?
The air in the school was so bad that my child got a sore throat from the smoke also was a big problem for him. do you think that you will close the schools because of the air pollution problem around Spokane , its so bad that the doctors are advising people to wear masks and children need to wear them. Do you think that it would be a good idea to close the schools until we can have a lower Fine Particulate Matter as it stands right now it is Fine Particulate Matter (PM2.5) is the predominant air pollutant in the current hour. i would think that it should be under 200 before children return back to school or the schools need to filter the air. having a child sick from this can cause big problems for them. what do you think?
I'm just a little perplexed as to the site that Spokane District Schools is using for our air quality stat measurements. Is it trusted? As I'm seeing other Weather Services saying that we're actually in the "Very Unhealthy" and possible "Hazardous" category now, regarding the smoke from the fires around us. Not the category you all have listed on your website.
Thank you and I hope you recieve this soon.
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What is the acceptable temperature range for classrooms? We went to the Franklin open house and my daughter's classroom was close to 90 degrees. I do not feel comfortable sending her to sit in this kind of heat for an extended period of time. They had a box fan that someone had anonymously donated, but no air conditioning or ventilation anywhere in the building. Any answers would be appreciated.