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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.
Tuesday 6:16 am
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.
This afternoon I met Dennis Matthews, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Teacher at Franklin School (now temporarily at Jefferson School). He rejoice in learning that I like to volunteer as a role model and deaf using sign language in his class. Do I have to apply with Spokane Public Schools to volunteer? Thank you!
This might be a random question, or a question already asked, but why don't the middle schools get access to their schedules before the 1st day of school? High school can access theirs through powerschool at the end of this week, but middle school has to wait. That makes no sense, especially since we are trying to teach them accountability and forward planning/thinking.
I hope this isn't a stupid or obvious question but do I have to re-enroll my child for 1st grade if I already enrolled them when they entered kindergarten? We haven't moved & never planned on changing schools for this coming yr. I'm new to this whole child being in school stuff considering he'said my only & I'm a single parent.
We recently moved. We would like our children to attend their previous school instead of our new neighborhood school. I know that there is a form I must fill out, but what are the chances that my children get booted from their old school (our previous neighborhood school) because our address has changed? Our oldest has been at the school for 3 years and our youngest just completed kindergarten there.
I wonder if Spokane School District respects it's employees and volunteers right to a private life, separate from their involvement from the school? Are the adults who work with the school district required to get approval for any alcohol consumption and prescription drug use that they partake in? I have reviewed the previous questions and noticed that concerns about adults using cannabis are to be directed to the principal and would like confirmation that the process is the same for all substances to which access is limited by age or prescription.