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Petition to Vancouver Public Schools Board

Elementary students need longer blocks of time for lunch

The time that is given to young children in the Vancouver School District is currently far too short. 15 minutes is not a sufficient amount of time for kids to get through the food line, find a seat, and healthfully eat their lunches. The current lunch schedule results in kids not being able to finish their meal in time, or rush-eating their food. It doesn't allow them to practice basic healthy habits like chewing more slowly and eating mindfully, or leisurely socializing with friends during their meal. It induces anxiety rather than satisfaction. It also results in an excessive amount of food waste since kids end up throwing away what they don't have time for. Naturally, this means kids end up hungry towards the afternoon and may have a harder time focusing in class. The problems associated with this extremely short lunch period are numerous.This is especially problematic for children living in poverty. For many of them, their school lunch might be the only hot meal they eat each day.Vancouver School Board's policy agenda states a desire to strive for the "education of the whole child". Surely this would include something as basic and necessary as healthy eating habits. Healthy eating does not only mean providing food that meets certain guidelines but also eating mindfully, chewing your food, nourishing your body, not just eating as quickly and mindlessly as possible. Our children are learning lifelong habits, and these lessons they're currently learning in the lunchroom are not the lessons that will set them up for a healthy relationship with their food. 15 minutes is just simply not enough.We recognize this is not a simple, easy-to-solve problem due to the numerous factors and logistics involved in feeding so many children, but as concerned parents and community members, we urge the board to consider this issue a priority and work to find meaningful solutions in as timely a manner as possible. Provide our kids with extended lunch periods so that they will be best prepared to return to their classrooms with nourished bodies ready to work, and brains ready to learn.

Caressa Milgrove
2,359 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Ron Wyden, Jeff Merkley, Kate Brown, John Lively, Earl Blumenauer, Greg Walden, Nancy Nathanson, Pete DeFazio, Suzanne Bonamici, Kurt Schrader, Andy Olson, Peter Courtney, Tina Kotek, Laurie Monnes Anderson, Alissa Keny-Guyer, Jennifer Williamson, Margaret Doherty, Jackie Winters, Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, Ginny Burdick, Jeff Kruse, Alan Bates, Chip Shields, Mitch Greenlick, Richard Devlin, Diane Rosenbaum, Peter Buckley, Oregon, Jessica, Susan McLain, Janeen Sollman, Paul Evans, Diego Hernandez

Make a Law that Private Schools Should Recognize Bullying and Enforce a NoTolerance Policy

My husband and I just recently pulled our son out of a Private Waldorf School because he was being bullied. There were several instances where one child in particular had kneed our child in the groin. This particular child would also act out in class and make it where our child was unable to focus in class. One day, our son was being bullied so bad by this child, he was in after school care and was self-harming and not one adult that was present took note of this. When bringing this to the attention of the principal they looked at me specifically and told me they would figure out why it wasn't noticed. This day in particular we were not notified of this instance by anyone other than our son. The next day our son was jumped at school by the same child. He was grabbed from behind on his shoulders so hard that he fell to his knees. His bully punched and kicked him in the leg and stomach. Other children joined in. His teacher at the time was on the playground at recess. We were not notified of this instance until our son was picked up from school and mentioned it to his father. The principal did not find it necessary to notify us. When we requested a sit-down with the parents and the principal it was denied and the principal told us it would be better if just the children sat and talked with the principal. This particular child that was bullying my son never had any kind of reprimand even though their school policy stated that the child would have a 2 day suspension until they figured out what to do. This child, in the same week, struck another child so hard they could barely stand the rest of the day. That child's parents were not informed of this situation either until they saw their child that day. This school in particular does not have a counselor on staff nor a school nurse and claims that all their staff is trained in First Aid/CPR. Yet there are multiple children being bullied and getting head injuries. When they obtain these head injuries they are "checked" by staff to see if they have a concussion or not. Nowhere, in their training that they have shared with us does it say they are trained to administer these types of assessments.  In the State of Oregon we have several laws that relate to Bullying in School. There is the House Bill 1555 that relates to no toleration of any type of bullying and ORS 339.351 as well as ORS 339.356 that have strict guidelines as to what bullying is as well as what policies need to be enforced. However, this does not extend to Private Schools. If public schools must have a Counselor and Nurse on staff as well as an Anti-Bullying Program we want the children in Private Schools to have the same. Children in Private schools should have the same mandated rights as children in Public Schools as well as the same mandated accountability process or similar. Children should be taught to be kind and KNOW what Bullying is and the fact that it will not be tolerated. Please help us create a Bill and ORS that will extend these laws and policies to Private Schools.  Thank you for your time!     

jesse Azzopardi
1,248 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Pam Vogel


PAM VOGEL-REMOVE THE NEW GRADING POLICY We, the undersigned, would like the new grading policy started in Region 1 to be removed. Many of us feel that the grading policy has been a failure. This is due to poor decisions made before and during the roll out which include ·        Starting too quickly ·        Not having a clear path of how it works, administrators having no answers when issues arise leading to knee-jerk reactions to fix the problem. ·        Changing the sports/extra-curricular activities eligibility in the middle of the marking period which has created more problems ·        NO transparency-Teachers, parents and students were not informed of or asked to help facilitate the changes.  Concerns of parents, teachers and students are often disregarded. ·        Flex time often cancelled ·        Some teachers overloaded with reassessments and cannot give students the attention they deserve and need ·        After school Open Table not staffed properly nor running consistently ·        NYPs are given for everything-missing assignment, incomplete, sick the day of a test and any summative assessment under 70. 1 NYP for an assignment=NYP for the class ·        Formative assignments (homework), effort, work ethic and participation are not graded or counted. ·        Not preparing students for college or workforce ·        No plans for what happens to students with NYPs at the end of the year/4th marking period WE STAND for giving our children the best education we can and don’t want them to be used as guinea pigs.  Please tell us you do too by signing below.  

Region One Community
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