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school uniforms - follow up

The poll was inspired by FB rantings by SIL:

<School Name> parents: Slowly getting more info on the "dress code" for next year. Sounds as if it will be uniforms (although that isn't a term the school board is using).
I'M AGAINST IT. I'll provide clothing coverage, paper and pencils for my child; you educate her from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. That's the deal. Stop messing with a perfectly good system, or I'll have to renew her home-based education on Fighting The Man.


ummmmm, ok. For one thing, it's not a perfectly good system, unless "perfectly good" means teaching classism early. For another, if anyone would benefit from school uniforms, it's her kids and her wallet.

A follow-up post from her:
FELLOW <SCHOOLNAME> PARENTS:
Chatted with a state's attorney this afternoon, and the parental advisory committee (that we expect to recommend a uniform at the next school board meeting) is NOT subject to the open meetings act. Bummer.
Which means we will still attend said meeting, and still advise the board ourselves of what we think of the uniform policy.


Seriously? This chick needs a job. She has way too much damn time on her hands. She also expressed shock that any other parent would agree to such a thing.

She had to attend some kind of class or something to become a certified Field Trip Chaperone (or something or other). Not something I had heard of, but yeah, probably a good idea to get everyone on the same page or throw in a CPR lesson or something. 

She came home LIVID because they said they would be running background checks on the chaperones. God forbid anyone try to prevent sex offenders from chaperoning grade school field trips.


I finally had to hide her stuff on FB. I never should have friended her in the first place, but unfriending her would not endear me to the family at all.

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    WzzWzz member
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    what is wrong with this person? the things people get all harpy about...
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    pegasuskatpegasuskat member
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    We started doing the child protection classes at our church, they include background checks.  I had to do this years ago for Girl Scouts and school trips.  We had a few people complain too, and thats stupid.  Would you rather a sex offender get all involved with your children? 
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    6fsn6fsn member
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    She can still be responsible for clothing her child.

    Background checks are no big deal.  Neither are the classes.
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    I'll sit back and wait for her next post ranting about some ex-con dad being allowed on a field trip.  "I mean, why don't they check these people out!  MY CHILD WAS IN DAAAANNNNGGGEEERRR!"
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    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/special-topic-wedding-boards_wedding-woes_school-uniforms-follow-up?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Special Topic Wedding BoardsForum:47Discussion:4b2eaf3c-a839-4cf0-b431-eb021512a6b3Post:67b6aaf9-2809-4f8c-9bb1-f576ceca1e39">Re: school uniforms - follow up</a>:
    [QUOTE]She can still be responsible for clothing her child. <strong>Background checks are no big deal.</strong>  Neither are the classes.
    Posted by 6fsn[/QUOTE]

    ...as long as you have nothing to hide.

    maybe she's worried they'll find out about her stint as an internet porn sensation
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    WzzWzz member
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    i'm imagining her being one of those "my child would never do that..." type of person.

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    DG1DG1 member
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    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/special-topic-wedding-boards_wedding-woes_school-uniforms-follow-up?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Special%20Topic%20Wedding%20BoardsForum:47Discussion:4b2eaf3c-a839-4cf0-b431-eb021512a6b3Post:d422fdcc-934f-48eb-88aa-40f2c8169787">Re: school uniforms - follow up</a>:
    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: school uniforms - follow up : ...as long as you have nothing to hide. maybe she's worried they'll find out about her stint as an internet porn sensation
    Posted by *Barbie*[/QUOTE]


    Or her bankruptcy filing.

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    School/working with children background checks are usually strictly limited to criminal findings. Were you arrested/convicted, what of, etc. I had to do one for work at the daycare. 

    Bacon's school requires a check for volunteering - so even if you just want to go to class to read a book once, or help our version of the PTA sell uniforms, you have to have the check. Why on earth would anyone think that going off school grounds with children wouldn't necessitate a background check?! 

    And it must be nice not to have to get up until 8:30 to get the kid to school. Bacon's gone 7:30-3:15 on a normal day; she's been there till 5 for Odyssey stuff this week. 
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    I'm also intrigued by that timeline. Seems like every school around here gets out at 2:30, or at least that's what time it is when I am stopping for a zillion buses to let kids off at their houses.

    SIL probably doesn't get to sleep anyway. She has the 7yo, a 3yo, and an almost-2yo.  Yet somehow she finds time to consult attorneys about school board rules.

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    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/special-topic-wedding-boards_wedding-woes_school-uniforms-follow-up?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Special Topic Wedding BoardsForum:47Discussion:4b2eaf3c-a839-4cf0-b431-eb021512a6b3Post:aabe9e21-e5ce-4810-9eac-0577ddc354d0">Re: school uniforms - follow up</a>:
    [QUOTE]I'm also intrigued by that timeline. Seems like every school around here gets out at 2:30, or at least that's what time it is when I am stopping for a zillion buses to let kids off at their houses. SIL probably doesn't get to sleep anyway. She has the 7yo, a 3yo, and an almost-2yo. <strong> Yet somehow she finds time to consult attorneys about school board rules.</strong>
    Posted by DG1[/QUOTE]

    That poor attorney.   You know it's a friend of a friend who offered to help out and now completely regrets ever meeting this woman.
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    WzzWzz member
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    i'm kind of sad that she htinks education is as simple as dropping a kid off at school between 9am-3pm with books and pencils. she must think that children and teachers are all robots doing exactly what she expects them to do all day without any deviations or interruptions or issues.
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    DG1DG1 member
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    She is smarter than that, Zilla. I think.

    eh. We have a LOT of incompatible parenting philosophies. It gives me good practice in keeping my mouth shut and having a poker face. (I still suck at that.)


    I am amazed, though, that SIL thinks all of this is a horrible intrusion of the government, but bmom does not. Now I know she's BSC.

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    Late, but in general I disagree with government schooling. But if you're going to have to deal with government schooling, what's the big deal with uniforms? It seems silly to me to object to the minimal intrusion but not to the maximal one. If I couldn't choose a school for my child, uniforms would be the last thing on my mind. 
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