NO on Riverside Drive Elementary Closed Campus Policy

Hello everyone,

As the parent of a Riverside Drive 2nd grader, one of the things I appreciate most about our community is that so many parents are involved in school-related activities.  Whether it's raising money for a field trip, manning Kiss-n-Ride, making costumes for a play, or lending a hand in the classroom, there's never a shortage of parents willing to take on an assignment in order to benefit the school and the students.

With that community spirit in mind I'm writing about another school-related issue that you may feel is worth a few minutes of your time.  Last week I attended the Safety Committee meeting and was surprised to hear that school officials are seriously considering the implementation of a 'closed campus' policy at Riverside Drive Charter.  A closed campus means parents would be required to drop their kids off at a school gate each morning instead of walking them to their actual classroom.  We would however still be allowed to pick up our kids at their classroom at the end of the day.  (The closed campus policy does not prevent parents from volunteering in class or attending meetings on campus.  The existing procedures would remain in place: parents must enter through the office, sign in, and wear a visitor's pass while on campus.)  

The stated goal of the proposed closed campus policy is of course campus safety.  But what bothers me is that school officials plan to make this decision without giving parents an opportunity to have any say in the matter.  This doesn't seem right, considering we are the group with the most at stake, to whom student safety is of utmost importance.

Speaking personally, I enjoy the 2 or 3 extra minutes it takes to escort our daughter to her classroom...I like to say good morning to her teacher and get on my way.  I have written a letter to Ms. Doucette explaining in a clear and thoughtful way my opposition to a closed campus.  If you agree then I encourage you to do the same, and SIGN THIS PETITION.  Also please share this information with anyone who may have similar feelings.  This is our opportunity to let school officials know our position, even if it is unsolicited.  If enough parents weigh in on this issue, perhaps it will make a difference.

Thanks for your time,
Dana Rydeheard

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