'Jacket rule' is wrong
I have nieces and nephews that attend school in McCook. I recently became aware of a "jacket rule" that is surprising. It seems that if children as young as second graders, forget their coat at recess, they are not allowed to go back in and retrieve them, no matter what the weather. This, according to the principal, is a rule. I believe it neglectful at the least.
On Friday, Oct. 29, in 52 degree windchill, a parent witnessed numerous children asking to go get their jackets/coats, and were told no. She asked the ladies supervising why the children were not allowed to go in for their coats even though it was cold and they were shivering. She was informed that it was a rule, that the children knew they should bring their coats, and if they don't they just have to deal with it.
The following was taken from the website http://www.child-abuse-effects.com/signs-of-child-neglect.html "...Children are dependent on adults from the time they are born. The absence of some or all the basic needs determines whether or not neglect exists. (Appropriate clothing is a basic need) Clothing must be clean and appropriate for the weather: warm coat and boots for winter, and adequate clothing to protect from other outdoor elements. This is one of the signs of child neglect that is most often noticed."
The school board meeting will be on Nov. 8 at 6 p.m. in the junior high conference room. Wake up, parents. Some things are just not right.