• Petitioning Dr. Nathan Parker

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Superintendent, Summit, New Jersey
Dr. Nathan Parker
Director of Special Education Services, Summit, New Jersey
Dr. Jane Kachmar-Desonne
Athletic Director, Summit, New Jersey
Robert Lockhart
Mayor, Summit, New Jersey
Ellen Dickson

End the "zero tolerance" policy for parent drop-offs and unannounced visits

    1. Kay Gilbert
    2. Petition by

      Kay Gilbert

      Summit, NJ

Parent drop-offs should be minimized in the Summit, NJ school district, but parents of younger children and older special needs children need to be able to drop off forgotten items at their child's school within reason. It is important to cut down outsider traffic at Summit schools, but parents are NOT outsiders and have the right to access public schools as long as they are not causing a disturbance. Parents should have the right to drop off items occasionally, and if students have repeated item drop-offs, they should be disciplined to reinforce responsibility.

We are requesting that they end this "zero tolerance" policy and institute a less intrusive pilot program where parent school access is monitored closely. We further request access to the data which indicated that almost 400 parents signed in to the high school on one particular day, as multiple parents and staff have indicated that this number is out of proportion for the vast majority of school days, and we would like to see proof that all of those visitors were parents.

To:
Dr. Nathan Parker, Superintendent, Summit, New Jersey
Dr. Jane Kachmar-Desonne, Director of Special Education Services, Summit, New Jersey
Robert Lockhart, Athletic Director, Summit, New Jersey
Ellen Dickson, Mayor, Summit, New Jersey
End the "zero tolerance" policy for parent drop-offs and unannounced visits

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    • Heidi Gendron SOUTHBURY, CT
      • 7 months ago

      It is not right to deny a parent access to their children, unless there is a court order stating otherwise.

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    • Antonia Garcia AUBURN, WA
      • about 1 year ago

      My children's school has given me a notice of trespass for walking them to their class room when tardy (Aged 8 and 5). They too have implemented such rules and I feel that teachers knowing that they will be not be monitored with our children puts them at a high risk for abuse or mistreatment by the school.

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    • Kate Gandhi SUMMIT, NJ
      • about 1 year ago

      My daughter has life-threatening food allergies, as well as asthma. Any time a health-related concern has come up, she has called me to the school. Some times I would need to take her to the doctor, and other times I came just for comfort. While I applaud all means to increase security, "zero tolerance" makes both my daughter & me feel very uncomfortable. While I know that in a case of emergency I could reach her, she sometimes needs me to come in and be with her while she administers medicine, and this new policy completely bars this.

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    • judith holt MONTVILLE, NJ
      • about 1 year ago

      As a Grandmother I will need to be able to take care of my grandson who lives in Summit and will be in the school system there.

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    • Susan Daniel SUMMIT, NJ
      • about 1 year ago

      My main concern is with not allowing parents to drop in unannounced for pick ups, etc. I strongly disagree with this on principle.

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