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.”
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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In Jeff Parker’s political cartoon published in the “Camera” last week, the “Back to School” banner hung above the chalkboard as an elementary student stood in from of her class. The little girl began reading her essay on the topic on the chalkboard, “What I did over the summer break.”
The teacher’s eyes bugged out and her chin dropped as the girl read her essay about the family’s misadventures in the bad economy. Despite the obvious topic, the whole scene has student and family privacy implications.
Art Linkletter showed for decades, “Kids say the darndest things.” Nevertheless, a little parental training can go a long way. Parents would be wise to talk with their children about what is appropriate to share and what isn’t. Often children offer details of their lives without a thought as to the implications of sharing them.
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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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