A father posted the following comment, in which he states that his daughter is getting a month-long punishment of no recess. If you live in the same district (San Juan Unified Elementary in California), or nearby, and can help in any way, please drop me a line and I’ll put you in contact with this family. If you have ideas, please post a comment.
Our Daughter is Losing a Month of Recess
My daughter came home from a local San Juan Unified Elementary school today very depressed (2/3/09). She had an outside reading assignment that was not completed. The assignment was to read for 30 minutes per day. Her teacher decided to punish her with no recess for a whole month from todays date (kids get 2 per day). My wife and I were not notified of this via phone or in writing. The school policy states a meeting should take place with student/parent and teacher to discuss proper punishment/resolution and get her side of the story. That did not happen. The teacher did not let us know about this rather extreme discipline; we heard this from our daughter. Her original teacher left after a few months due to a family illness. At that time, my daughter was doing very well in class, but not with this new teacher. He admitted to my wife that my daughter was a very good student and really stayed out of trouble, for the most part. So he felt bad that she lost a lot of recess due to the discipline problems he is having since he took over the class. We are frustrated about this and may consider a petition or would like to consider some sort of action to be taken by the district. Please notify us via email if you can help!