On Janesville schools to discuss shooting, security Monday
Re what schools need to do -- What we have been doing for around 10 years: 1) classroom doors may be kept locked so that in a "lock down" the door can be secured quickly. 2) at lock-down signal, teachers check hallway quickly to bring any student into the nearest room before closing the door & alert office if someone is out of the room (errand, bathroom, etc.) 3) Soft lock down = continue teaching, but do not let students leave the room unless escorted by an adult 4) hard lock-down, all blinds are closed, lights turned off and children move to the designated area out of any possible viewing. Everyone is silent. If someone tries to open the door, there is no response.
Also, any glass on doors or windows by doors is covered with a curtain or paper, etc. so that no one can look into the classroom when doors are closed.
We have practiced drills on a regular basis for both soft or hard lock-downs for many years (10+??). The children and staff know what to do..Just want to reassure any parents of children in SDJ that we have a plan in place . . . . now the newer piece of breaking in through glass or fears of someone buzzing in. . . I know that the office staff have a camera, if the person is familiar (like a parent who is in the building frequently) they don't always ask. But I have traveled to other buildings for meetings during they day, and even with my staff ID on, I am always asked, "May I help you?" People get busy, and sometimes could be misinterpreted. ********Quiet down your fears. Someone could turn up in a restaurant, mall, post office, theater, etc. any day, anytime. We have to move forward; treat the mentally ill with greater compassion and consistency.
On Feds to pay for breakfast
Some of the volunteers have been providing breakfast to children for years. They serve food donated by members of the community. Many churches organize teams / building with the church members supporting expenses.
~~~~~ Federal funds for the same service is a step backwards. But a way for the school district to possibly make a profit with tax dollars. Crazy.
On School board could vote on dress code Tuesday
"no denim" is a knee jerk reactionary statement by someone grasping for power.
Such a hullabaloo about how people dress. I cannot remember a single parent coming to conferences in the past 5 years who was not dressed in jeans, sweat pants, PJ bottoms, or scrubs.
*********** Two of my favorite outfits over the years are a jumper and skirt made from denim. Then there are the denim jackets that seem to "go with" just about anything. I do not feel unprofessional when I wear these item; I feel relaxed and ready to teach. BTW my skirt & jumper are mid-calf in length. Not really sure how this is going to improve student achievement or enhance parent/teacher relationships. . . .
On Cullen: I-90/39 project on track
peb1127 & hdonlybob, first of all, Senator Cullen did his job. He represented citizens of WI by de-railing the GOP's fast push to change WI. He helped provide time for the people whose jobs and futures would be impacted by ACT 10 to gather support for opposition. So can it. Thank you Senator Cullen and the other brave senators who have endured such ridiculous misrepresentation.
On Elkhorn schools adopt dress code
"I think we owe it to our leaders to give them something substantial so they know what to enforce," Schulte said.. . . . . Translation: our young administrators are not confident enough as leaders to handle problems without minutia in writing. . . . . . The most obvious difference is that administrative staff downtown wrote this without input from the various employee groups. Then are surprised at the reaction when told employees feel insulted by the detail. If sweatpants and flip-flops do not meet expectations, tell the people who are dressing so casually.
On Dress code for Janesville school employees proposed
Yes, missymarysunshine, "shoved" -- because not one non-administrative employee was included in the writing; because the handbook does not need the extensive detail; because as employees, whether para-professionals, clerical, food service, custodian/maintainance, or teacher, we feel insulted at the insinuation that this level of detail is needed.
Laborparty I don't think anyone objects to appropriate dress, but the specificity and detail of this code that is being shoved on us without our professional input is offensive and smacks of power plays -- top down management. more of the same story, very bad for positive employee relations. BTW every aspect of new employee handbook is being handled this way. Not exactly engaging -- which is the opposite of how we are expected to teach. Build relationships with your students & their parents. Let them know that you care about them as humans, they are more than faces in classroom. Taylor your instruction to match learning styles. The SDJ needs to read their own book on how to treat others with respect.
redder how would you dress to teach biology (think slimy experiments) and end your day coaching an athletic team?
Have you not noticed most of our society has gone way casual . . .
donnaw, I am not sure khakis are allowed. I know that custodians have restrictions against light-colors. . . . . . .There are many teachers who dress professionally every day. There are a few who get a little "too casual" for my taste occasionally, and there are some in every level, elementary -- high school, who do not seem to have ever considered the impact of what they wear, and they have been dressing inappropriately for their whole careers (IMO). Although administrators have always had the right to set standards of expectation for appearance, these teachers have not been corrected. . . . . . .The district expects teachers to use instructional strategies that have met scientific research criteria for effectiveness. Yet this dress code appears to be based on opinion and impressions. There are studies which can be referenced. I believe that the dress of the teachers has minimal impact as compared to how the entire student body dresses when it comes to student achievement. . . . . . About 2 years ago the SDJ hired a consultant to lead a seminar on how to take schools from good to great. I was so encouraged, because he stated that the most effective way to do it is to get the educators involved in examining and critiquing research. Tweaking practices to best suit their students. The most important piece I took away from that training is that the best changes come from the bottom up. SDJ likes to make appearances of best practice, but once again they are shoving ideas top down.
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