Was your GD harmed in anyway by her chore? Did she slip down the stairs? Ingest cleaning product? Get it in her eyes? Or are you just upset that the school had your GD cleaning the filth of Philly off the stairway in her school?I came on here to get feedback (good bad or indifferent) before talking to anyone at the school. As I said previously I do not take issue with her cleaning...
I do take issue with the school not giving her gloves. We live in Philadelphia. Public schools have a tendency to be somewhat dirty. and as for Dangerous - 11 year old children have a tendency to be a little clumsy despite how much I teach my granddaughters to clean.
I sign a waiver every year that would protect the school should she get injured on school grounds during the school day and or during athletics. So if she slipped and fell during a detention while cleaning the school (which by the way is not a course of action in the handbook) if would cost me out of pocket for medical, and that is just not something i have
I think that we all understand that. I am not sure however what that has to do with having children scrub stairs by hand with a bucket and rags, without protective gloves.If this were MY child (or ward), then I would make it clear to the child that violating the rules leads to consequences. To avoid consequences, don't violate the rules.
I, for one, think you are overreacting ... cleaning the floor is just not a big deal...unless you are the tween cleaning it.I want to thank everyone for their thoughts and comments. As a grandmother and guardian, I did not want to overreact. and for the record, my granddaughter was fine with her detention/service.
Again, if it were me, I would very calmly donate protective gloves to the school based on the premise that of course the school would not make the children do cleaning detention without them without a budget problem.When and if the GD shows evidence of some kind of harm that can be directly traced to her having to scrub the steps, that will be quite enough time to address those issues. Until such time, I'm not sure any action is warranted.
the entire reason I came on here to ask the question was to make sure I was not overreacting. And for the record - the TWEEN did not complain about it at all.I, for one, think you are overreacting ... cleaning the floor is just not a big deal...unless you are the tween cleaning it.
For the record I raised 2 girls in Massachusetts public schools.
I never intended to make a big stink about anything. And did not accuse the principal or any other admin of anything. I never bothered to call. But thank you all for your opinions. It can't hurt to get raw opinions from strangers when in doubt.I will give you an example of a school policy that I found to be ridiculous. I was the PTA president of my daughter's elementary school many years ago. At the time, there was what I considered to be a ridiculous rule about how much copy paper a teacher could use. It wasn't a school district rule, it was a rule imposed by the principal of the individual school. Back then, I had more income than I knew what to do with so I donated a case of copy paper to each classroom, and since I was personally acquainted with the dean for elementary education for the school district I casually let it known that I had done so.
I did not accuse the principal of doing anything wrong or made it an "issue". I simply did it and casually mentioned it to a higher up.
My actions resulted in a district wide policy. Not because I made a big stink about it but because I did not.