On Thursday, April 3rd, 2008 the first graders were directed to play in the field adjacent to the Trinity playground. The field contained a considerable amount of "goose poop". We did not think that is a good idea to have the children play during their lunch recess in a field littered with fecal material left by geese. We communicated this to the school. It was not healthy and frankly very disgusting. There was also some dog feces as well, marked by an orange cone (as directed by the Assistant Principal).
We can't imagine any parent wanting their child playing in an area full of any kind of feces. If you are familiar with the Trinity layout, there is a blacktop. Maybe the blacktop is less forgiving than the field in terms of falls and scratches. One thing is obvious, the blacktop was certainly cleaner than a field littered with fecal material. Once again, we ask the similar questions:
Would this have happened in a North End school?
We would like to know:
- Has something similar happened to a child or children you know?
- How widespread is this poor judgment?
- Where is the common sense?
- Why isn’t there better communication with parents?
- What would be the Health and Wellness Committee’s opinion on this?
- Are certain liberties taken due the composition of the children that attend the schools?
- Is this just a case of benign neglect?
- How many times do events like this need to happen before we consider them a pattern?
- Is this the problem or just a symptom (condition) of the problem with our schools?
These questions haunt us as parents. Some of these questions are easily answered. Some are not. Health and safety are as basic as food and shelter. We want schools where we don’t have to worry about this type of event.
There are three basic rules every person involved with the schools should abide and live by:
- Treat children as if they were your own.
- Treat parents in the same manner you would like to be treated as a parent.
- Treat your colleagues in the same respectful and dignified manner that you would like to be treated as well.