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BVSD snow day news poorly disseminated

Yesterday’s forecast of a heavy snowstorm undoubtedly left most Boulder Valley School District students excited about the possibility of a snow day. They might have been thinking of playing in the snow, sleeping, watching movies, and engaging in other relaxing activities.

However, I doubt any thought the day would have started like it did with one or more phone calls to parents from the district at 4:30 a.m.!

In previous years, snow days were announced over media outlets in the evening if the storm had already hit hard or early in the morning. All parents and students needed to do once they woke up were to watch TV or to listen to the radio. This year, the district might have posted a notice on its website, but I saw no evidence of a school closure on TV or radio until after 7 a.m.

One mother posted to her friends on facebook: “I sure needed a snow day today! But to interrupt my sleep at 4:30 a.m., now that is cruel! The district needs to get their act together.”
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Required community service is forced labor

First posted March 10, 2009, on my blog before the Camera’s system changed and still worth sharing for whenever this idea raises its ugly head:

Next year, Rona Wilensky, the principal at New Vista, will require students at the school to complete community service to graduate. She dictates community service for all students much like a judge or jury would require it of criminals.

I agree with Helayne Jones, BVSD School Board president when she said, “I think that having compulsory community service gets away from the spirit of what community service is.” The school board should stick with Jones’ thought for the rest of the BVSD students. Required community service is simply forced labor. Continue reading

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BVSD must protect against excessive heat

The Boulder Valley School Board wisely rejected a proposal on Tuesday night that would have delayed school starting by only four days next fall. Parental concerns about unbearable classroom heat in August were valid. Teachers unwilling to move their professional days to before school starts may be less so. However, four days simply is not enough of a change.

In the 1980s and 1990s, school started after Labor Day most of the time. September’s first days were often warm for fall clothes, so students dressed accordingly. To think students did any differently this year is ridiculous when school began Aug. 15 and temperatures outside reached 98 degrees.

The purported reason for increasingly early starts and their intrusion into time with family is to allow students to take semester finals before Christmas break. Thus, students wouldn’t have tests hanging over their heads during the break. However, when school started after Labor Day, students had plenty of time to get back into their studies before finals. A big plus, too, was schools weren’t too hot.
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Caring teachers improve education

The quality of our nation’s teachers is more basic to excellence in education than even textbooks and curricula though the latter two are also extremely important.
A caring teacher makes all the difference.

My children had many such teachers in the Boulder Valley School District as do students today. Instead of telling these stories here, however, I want to share “The Teddy Story” by Elizabeth Silance Ballard, the same story Wayne Boss told at the recent Boulder Colorado Stake’s “Most Inspirational Teacher” Awards Night. Though the piece is fiction, this story is relevant as we want to maintain and improve educaton. Due to space, I paraphrase parts and quote the author.
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Protect student and family privacy

What do you consider private and should students in the public schools and their families be able to maintain their privacy? While having had children in the Boulder Valley School District receive what I consider invasive questioning through school assignments, I came up with some answers. Continue reading

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Difficult times for BVSD under Dean Damon

You can expect every time the Boulder Valley Education Association negotiates with the Boulder Valley School District sparks of some sort are going to fly. The teachers’ sick-out protest this year, however, should never have been a part of it. Nevertheless, worse yet would be to look back with rose-colored glasses at BVSD’s history and past negotiations. Continue reading

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