Sharing with you all the email I have sent to my daughter's principals and to the supervisor over the buses at our school district.
To all concerned,
Today, I came home from work to find that my daughter had been put off the bus for three days. The paper she had said that she had been standing while the bus is moving. I spoke with her about it, she said yes, she had stood by the window for the air. I told her how she has to be seated all the time, whether she is hot or not, whether others are up or not.
I fully support the bus drivers and think it is a crying shame we have stripped them of almost all authority. It is a job you could not pay me enough to do.
But I have plenty of issue with Namewithheld I.S.D. and the ridiculous way rules, rule above all common sense. What am I talking about? A child being put off a bus before the parent even knows there is a problem or has a chance to correct the problem. That is wrong. You have ample ability to contact me. You have my work number, you have my home number, you have my email address and I am almost always at the bus stop with my daughter.
My other issue in this type of "punishment" is that it does absolutely nothing to the child. It punishes parents and families. My family is struggling to survive. My husband has been unable to work since January of this year. My son just started a new job that has him leaving the house at 5:50 am each day. I am trying desperately to get all the hours I can at my job. That means I have to leave before your campus is open to receive students in the morning and I'd haveto leave work early to pick her up from campus.
I see no reason to punish my family like that. If you want to give Hannah corporal punishment and put her back on the bus, fine. If you do not agree to that, then Hannah will be home those three days and you can loose money instead of me!!!!!!!!
I regret that this school district leaves me no other choice. I can remember when common sense ruled and staff worked with parents and they came down together on miss behaving children. I know Mr. Nash remembers that era. I was at Namewithheld High School under him. And I know that Mr. Barclay remembers that era as well, for I have known him since I was a teenager working at Namewithheld Auto Company.
One more time, just in case looking it up is too hard for you:
My home phone: xxx-xxxx
My work phone: xxx-xxxx
My email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Now, can I get an AMEN?!?!