Petition update

May 24: What we are asking for now

Christa Bennett
Charlottesville, VA

May 24, 2017 — Cville Weekly has just published a story about our campaign: http://www.c-ville.com/heavy-topics-parents-call-reform-city-schools/. I am hopeful this will direct more CCS parents to sign this petition. For their reference and for those who have already signed: there has been progress since this petition was first created.

Here is what we are asking for now:

1) Our superintendent, Dr. Atkins, send written communication to ALL CCS parents, teachers, and admin, stating that recess is not to be taken away from students in our schools, so that everyone is of the same understanding. On May 11, I emailed Dr. Atkins asking if such communication could be made. I have not had a reply from her yet. (See a copy of that email in the most recent previous update.)

On May 9, Dr. Atkins stated to School Health Advisory Board (SHAB) that recess will not and should not be taken away from students. However, I have heard three separate reports from three separate CCS elementary schools of students having their recess taken away last week, the week after Dr. Atkins said that would no longer happen.

2) Dr. Atkins and the school board identify what tools teachers will be given immediately to use in place of so-called "Recess Academy."

While programs such as VTTS and PBIS are valuable initiatives that are being rolled out in Charlottesville city schools to institute positive behavioral management, teachers need tools *now* that they can use instead of Recess Academy (this is what some teachers call the practice of taking away recess as punishment).

3) A more transparent and methodical approach to weigh-ins be established. That might mean banning it altogether or better communicating with parents that it is being done and why.

4) An enforceable prohibition against taking away recess be included in the school policy manual or other binding policy.

For full updates, visit my blog communitywell.com. On the right side, there is a menu of categories.Choose Charlottesville city schools, and all of the posts I have made about this issue will come up.

Thank you for your support!!!


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