Nope, not Christo and Jeanne-Claude's 'Gates'. 

The Gates

If you have dropped off or picked up your child lately, you may have seen Peralta’s newest addition: locking chain link gates at the Dana & North Street entrances. 

In response to perceived threats to safety on campus, Principal Giselle Hendrie marshaled her contacts at OUSD with astonishing speed. The gates were installed within a week. 

Ms. Hendrie had previously announced via a summertime email that the campus would henceforth be locked. At back-to-school night, she shared with parents a fuller account of her decision-making process in this matter.

Before before the start of school this year, there were two incidents of adults wandering school grounds and classrooms. When questioned, the adults both said they had been hoping to find a way to enroll their children at Peralta. Furthermore, over the summer, teenage children on skateboards accessed the school yard, ultimately damaging a PPTG table and behaving disrespectfully toward a staff member. 

Peralta already had roll-down gates. However, these gates could not be legally locked, as the children’s need for potential fast emergency egress trumped other concerns. 

Ms. Hendrie consulted with the District to find this new solution. In no time flat, Peralta sported a pair of locking gate doors that open easily from the inside using panic bars — bars that allow anyone to open the door by simply pushing from inside.

If you need to come on to campus between drop-off and pick up times, you’ll need to use the 63rd Street entrance (which will be locked). Ring to be let in. After-care parents need to pick up their children using the Alcatraz gate, only, as all other entrances will be locked after 4pm. 

Ms. Hendrie will be at the PPTG meeting on Wednesday in order to meet parents, engage in discussion and answer lingering questions about the gates, the new thinking about nuts on campus, or any other topics you may want to broach.
 

 

Moving smartly along to food, a topic we can all agree on  

The Nuts

Just to clear up any confusion: Peralta is not going nut-free. It is going mindfully nut-refrained. 

Does that clear it up for you? Me neither. 

You know that thing where they say a stegosaurus’ brain was the size of a walnut? I was feeling rather reptilian myself, so I sought remedial instruction on just what was happening on the nut front. 

Here’s the deal.  

There are ten children on campus, across all grades except 1st, with potentially life-threatening nut allergies. As per District policy (four words that were, perhaps, previously not often heard at Peralta), Ms. Hendrie declared those children’s classrooms nut-free areas, posting signs to that effect. Furthermore, she sent home notes for all parents of children in those classrooms to sign stating that they understood they were not to send nuts or nut-containing food to be consumed in the classroom.  

That was all pretty clear.  

The next day, all parents got an email from Ms. Hendrie suggesting that she was declaring all of Peralta nut-free. She was not. She cheerfully clarified for me what she was asking.

“I am asking that folks be mindful of the fact that we have ten severely allergic children on the campus and minimize the risk to them where possible."

Parents: you and your consciences can decide on the right course of action for you. 

[note exact same closing paragraph from last article] 
Ms. Hendrie will be at the PPTG meeting on Wednesday in order to meet parents, engage in discussion and answer lingering questions about the gates, the new thinking about nuts on campus, or any other topics you may want to broach.

Regime change is hard.
 

Sometimes, it gets hard to see the forest for the trees.

The Rest

Let's see...  anything else going on?  Oh yeah: 

  1. Peralta Fund. Donate now. Donate later (but not much later). More on this topic, I promise, in the next exciting issue. 

  2. Our kids are actually enrolled in a fully functioning school, led by talented, hard-working professionals, who make learning and good times happen, every day.

 

The Full Peralta Broadcast, in case you missed it: 

http://mailchi.mp/682afe726e2f/peralta-broadcast-the-gates-the-nuts-and-everything-after

 

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AuthorPamela Waxman