The School Rules

31 Aug

I’m the kind of dork that actually reads every single thing they send home from school.  So far it has served me well.  But this week’s experience definitely takes the cake.  Of course the school sent home a massive packet of information on the first day: the cafeteria menu, the official phone list, the attendance expectations, lots of forms to fill out, and the very official Elementary Student-Parent Handbook.

Sweet Pea attends 4th grade in a very large Texas school district in the San Antonio area.  Our school district has been kind enough to compile a giant document to let us know all of the policies and procedures which pertain to the Elementary set.  So, weighty handbook in hand (he he), I thought I’d update you on a couple of offenses that not acceptable in our school district. 

Some are obvious:  graffiti, loitering, nuisance items (i.e. iPods), trespassing.  No surprises here. 

But let’s step it up a notch.  For instance, arson.  Just so you know, your child will be punished if he/she sets the school on fire.  (Hold on, so you’re saying I should take the lighter out of her backpack??)  And murder.  FYI, killing others is not acceptable behavior, and will result in punishment.  And oh, by the way, Capital Murder?  Also a no-no.  Don’t let it happen.

Please don’t think I’m so naive that I don’t know this stuff happens.  But at the Elementary level??  The children are supposed to sign their name saying that they’ve read and discussed these rules with their parents.  I’m not going there.  Not yet.  Of course we’ve talked about the rules:  no lying, no cheating, no stealing…oh wait, NOT ONE of those is listed.  Good grief.

It’s a great time to be raising kids in America, isn’t it?

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6 Responses to “The School Rules”

  1. Insta-Mom August 31, 2008 at 5:37 pm #

    My mom used to teach at an elementary school. The day they found a KINDERGARTENER with a gun–an actual, real, not loaded (thank God!) gun–in his backpack was when she knew things had changed. What I want to know is where the parents were when that found it’s way into the backpack.

  2. anymommy August 31, 2008 at 11:27 pm #

    Wow. You have to wonder who rights this stuff. What’s it driven by? I fervently hope that cheating and/or lying is the biggest problem that your baby girl’s school deals with this year. Maybe a little graffiti!

  3. Julie September 1, 2008 at 2:01 pm #

    Are you suggesting that we be so narrow-minded and judgemental as to suggest that a child who is “spelling challenged” not be allowed to cheat off of another child who is clearly gifted in that area. How self-righteous to think that each child should learn what he/she is able to the best of his/her ability and accept the grade that he/she actually earns. Furthermore, stealing is such a harsh word for a child who just wants to experience the prosperity of others when they have been denied themselves! Sheeeeesh….the scary thing is this really IS the unspoken mentality of a lot of the people in power in our public schools who DO write this stuff!!! Heaven forbid we expect basic morals to be upheld by our children- let’s focus on murder and arson just to be sure we don’t offend anyone!

    Okay, I feel better now….

  4. Minivan mom September 3, 2008 at 8:37 pm #

    Having worked as a school counselor in a public elementary school, I can tell you that, sadly, there is a LOT going on at elementary schools that you wouldn’t imagine. It was really eye-opening (as someone who always worked at high schools, AND as a parent) and quite discouraging, to be honest.

    There are a lot of kids out there who 1. are not having childhoods and/or 2. lost their innocence at a very young age.

  5. Vaniqua September 5, 2008 at 8:03 pm #

    As a former juvenile prosecutor, I have a helpful tip for you parents out there. Your child can commit arson, murder & even capital murder in the State of Texas with no legal ramifications. They just have to commit the offense at age 9. The criminal system doesn’t kick in until age 10. It’s amazing what goes on in schools these days even at the elementary level. Katy, it’s a blessing that you don’t need to go there with Sweet Pea & she has no interest in that stuff.

  6. Patrick September 9, 2008 at 12:45 am #

    Sad to say that ALL of those printed rules and regulations came from reality. Most of it is there as a CYA for the school district. I know this well from the last 15 years in the middle schools of Houston. All of the rules in the handbook are necessary as “previously communicated information.” People have actually won lawsuits against the schools because something that was obvious as a no-no, was not printed in the handbook. You will not believe how many times I heard, “Where does it say that?” from a parent. We have to cover everything so that if it happens, we can point to the handbook and be covered as a “we did tell you that would be frowned upon” type of thing. Most of the high crimes are there so that we can send kids to alternative schools while they are awaiting prosecution. Without them, a child accused of murder would sit next to sweet pea until he or she was found guilty. If a kid commits a rape and is out on bail, he can still go to school. It does not say in the handbook that murder is bad (we all know that), it says that if you are accused of murder, you will go to the JJAEP until you go through the criminal justice system. Your other friend is right. If he does any of the high crimes before 10, he is free as a bird. We need those offenses list so we can legally say what school he will attend, because it won’t be mine or yours.

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