How we’re going to address the problems at school

Lizze and I were discussing the school issues that have become an unwelcome visitors in our lives. It’s pretty obvious to us that there are no good options because we’d likely be trading one problem for another.

What we’ve decided to do at this point is preserve the current status quo. That being said, we will be working to address the concerns we have by pushing for the school to be open to parental involvement.

Currently, there’s no PTA and no forum for parents to voice their concerns or have their voices heard. This isn’t how it used to be. Before the PTA disappeared, Lizze and I were heavily involved. In fact, Lizze was the PTA President.



I think one of the biggest issues revolves around the fact that there are few, if any avenues for parents to be involved in their child’s education. In my opinion, this isn’t a good thing. I don’t think many people would argue that kids benefit from their parents being involved in their education.

Approaching things from this angle is the best approach at this point in time. Frankly, if we can push for ways to be involved in the school, perhaps other parents would want to join these efforts as well. Think of all the possibilities and opportunities to help make things better for not only our kids, but others as well.

Keep in mind this doesn’t really do anything for health related attendance issues but that’s outside of our control. All we can do for that is document everything and deal with what lever comes out way.

What do you guys think about this approach? Does it make sense?

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What exactly do you mean when you say you want parents involved in their kids education?

kimmy gebhardt
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kimmy gebhardt

Is the school not currently open to the idea of parental involvement? That makes no sense to me. As for the kids’ attendance, you are correct that part of it is health related, but the other part is that you have a tendency to allow them to stay home for reasons that aren’t excused absences. Disney trip aside, they took a day off to decompress after you got home from Florida and also when the cat died. While I understand the reason one might want to take a day off under those circumstances, it’s in their best interests to save… Read more »

Pony
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Pony

What exactly do you mean when you say you want parents involved in their kids education?

Rob Gorski
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Okay, good question. There really isn’t a right answer though. At least at our school, there are parents that use the school as a dumping ground. They drop the kids off and maybe go to conferences but don’t do anything else. That’s assuming they are able to. When I say we want to be more involved, I’m thinking like helping with class parties, volunteering in the cafeteria or even in the classroom. Helping on field trips and most importantly, being involved in the PTA. When I was a kid, parents were encouraged to be a part of the school day.… Read more »

nellchiaramonte
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nellchiaramonte

Hi Rob, I admire you desire to be involved in the school day. Many schools try not to let you go in the classroom or even observe, do you see this sometimes?

Rob Gorski
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I think we can observe if we request it but they don’t allow parents to volunteer in the classrooms. Even when they pass out awards for the kids, we aren’t allowed to attend those events either. They do have occasional family functions but those are in the evening.

No one wants to disrupt classrooms or students but doesn’t allowing parents to be involved make things better?

Pony
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Pony

That is interesting, we never had any of that stuff. The only times your parents came to the school was to pick you up if you were sick, parent teacher conferences, or plays or what not after school. Having parents at the school during school hours is a huge distraction and once kids get older, embarrassing. I get the PTA thing and even being a chaperone on field trips, but the other examples you gave are just really really odd to me

adriannecollee
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adriannecollee

Is the school not currently open to the idea of parental involvement? That makes no sense to me. As for the kids’ attendance, you are correct that part of it is health related, but the other part is that you have a tendency to allow them to stay home for reasons that aren’t excused absences. Disney trip aside, they took a day off to decompress after you got home from Florida and also when the cat died. While I understand the reason one might want to take a day off under those circumstances, it’s in their best interests to save… Read more »

Rob Gorski
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That’s pretty much the brunt of it. I’m going to disagree with you a bit because we don’t just let them stay home. They stayed home the Monday after we got home from Florida because we got home home on Sunday after 20 hours in the car. They needed to decompress. That’s a judgment call on my end and I’d make the same choice again. Not being in my shoes, it’s hard to appreciate why I make the decisions I do. Every move Lizze and I make is in the best interests of our kids. It’s not always going to… Read more »