Our friend "Pigs" has taken a hiatus from classroom teaching in order to raise her Little Piglet but still chats with former collegues about this-and-that. One of Pigs' teacher friends has emailed her a letter that left us vaguely disturbed, not knowing whether to grin or scratch our heads:
Dear Parent(s) or Guardian(s):You'll need to go over to The Pig's Tales in order to get the conclusion.
Please be aware of our new school policy for your 5th grader(s), effective immediately:
When you drop off your child in the morning, or when she/he arrives on school property, you have surrendered all rights to question, campaign for her/his well-being or otherwise interfere in anyway with your child's instruction.
Daily regimen will include effective and appropriate discipline, as deemed necessary, including but not limited to biological, chemical and nuclear weapons testing (safety gloves and goggles will be provided as our supply allows).
Should your child die during the day, every effort will be made to contact you to retrieve the body. Should this fail, the body will be made available on the South driveway between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. We cannot be responsible for bodies left after 4:30. Teachers are often involved in tutoring, meetings, training or other required school activities well beyond that time and cannot be responsible for unresponsive students. A detailed report of the student's demise will be mailed to you along with a $10 off coupon for the Funeral Home. This report will be considered "final."
I've been fortunate in that I've had great parent support throughout my classroom service and have managed to avoid becoming embroiled in the type of conflicts and controversies that many teachers find themselves in vis-a-vis parents.
Having said that, based upon my observation of what's happened to close friends and co-workers, I guess that I've been lucky.
I hope it continues to hold out.