One Week At A Time

There’s snow in the Wednesday forecast and the wild forsythia in our backyard is in full bloom. Not sure what is happening out there with lows in the 20s and highs in the 70s in a four day period but expecting and managing the unexpected is something we’ve gotten pretty good at in the last two years so let’s just roll with it.

Here’s something I rolled with this week, appreciating my privilege the entire time: eager to chaperone my 8th graders’ final field trips, I completed paperwork and made an appointment and paid money to get fingerprinted. I appreciate that schools want to verify the safety of the chaperones and make sure they don’t have an outstanding warrant or anything like that. But getting fingerprinted involved a weekday appointment south of Newark, and an $18 expenditure. Neither of these is a hardship for me, with a flexible job and a couple of extra dollars in the bank. But this very well might be a hardship for someone else. What’s the workaround? What’s the alternative? Is there a way to make this process easier? After all, we hear all the time about parents needing to get more involved. Let’s make it easier to do this. Can the schools host a mobile fingerprinting site? Can PTA raise funds for those who have a hardship in paying for the expense? I don’t have the answers, but I’m asking the questions anyway.

One reason for background checks for chaperones is child abuse prevention and child safety. Here’s a way to show you care about that: Friday April 1 is Wear Blue Day for child abuse prevention and if you know one thing about me, you know that I am a fan of kids and I want them all to grow up safe and healthy. Wear Blue on Friday, tag @PCADelaware in your photos on social media, and tell the world that you care about helping kids have great childhoods, free from abuse and neglect.

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