Parents stage classroom walkout
Parents in a Glenshire Elementary School kindergarten class staged a walkout Monday to express concern over the alleged disruptive behavior of one student. Only two of the 19 children were in the class on Monday.
According to one parent in the class, Lynn Hamill, most parents in the class are concerned that the behavior of the one child poses a safety threat to their children.
Glenshire Elementary principal Danny Hyde was not available for comment Tuesday, but Tahoe-Truckee Unified School District Superintendent Pat Gemma said a total of six students in the class returned to school Tuesday.
He said school counselors and staff are assessing the child and going through the normal and required process of conducting a diagnosis of the student, which is not complete, and that the classroom environment is safe.
After assessments are complete, if necessary, staff will meet in a committee of stakeholders to make an appropriate plan for the child, Gemma said.
“The school is doing everything educationally, legally and morally appropriate to meet the needs of all students. Glenshire Elementary School is a safe and wholesome environment,” Gemma said.
Hamill said parents have complained to Glenshire Elementary and TTUSD administration.
“My daughter’s been out since last Wednesday,” Hamill said, adding she won’t return her 5-year-old to kindergarten until the situation is resolved. “I don’t know exactly what to think of this, but it appears something needs to be done. We just want some options. We want to know what’s happening.”
Gemma said Hyde will be mailing each parent in the class a letter to set up appointments to meet with him.
He said some parents feel district staff are being “aloof” about the situation, but it is their legal responsibility to protect against speaking to one parent about the behavior of another child.
Parent Laura Metlenko kept her son out of the kindergarten class on Monday and Tuesday, but said he was going back Wednesday afternoon.
“I told him to call me if he’s not having fun,” Metlenko said. “He misses school and he wants to go to kindergarten … He needs to be there because he has to go to school. But I don’t want him to feel like it’s his fault that this is happening. A lot of the kids are taking this to heart.”
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