The Menifee Union School
District has cancelled the 5th grade year-end celebration at the
Beach Club. The students at Callie have
been going to the Beach Club for the past 19 years, since the Beach Club
opened. This year the District refuses
to allow our students to leave campus citing safety concerns. Several parents have met with Superintendent
Callaway and incoming Superintendent Kennedy to try and work out an acceptable
compromise but have not had any success.
We have offered the following to
allay any security concerns: the
students walk along a District-approved path, designated for those walking to
and from school. Once at the Beach Club
students are inside a completely fenced, gated and locked facility. The only way into the pool area is to be “buzzed”
in by the Beach Club personnel. The PTA
pays for the event including hiring additional life guards, above the normal required
by Beach Club personnel. The ratio of
adults to students is higher than on any given typical school day. Even after learning of these safe guards the
District still cited “safety” as their rational for cancelling this
celebration. They were unable to tell us
of any past incident or injury that caused this change and only stated “recent
current events” that have directed their decision. We do
not want our kids or anyone else’s to miss out on this rite of passage that
their brothers, sisters and friends have enjoyed.
There is NO cost to the
school or the district for this event. Please
take two minutes of your time to electronically sign this petition.
PLEASE ALLOW ALL CALLIE
KIRKPATRICK 5TH GRADE STUDENTS THE OPPORTUNITY TO GO TO THE MENIFEE
BEACH CLUB FOR THE END OF ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CELEBRATION!
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