Because she refuses to be fingerprinted, “Criminal Mom” of Daft Musings no longer volunteers at her child’s school.
I donâ€™t know whatâ€™s going on in Neilâ€™s classroom, because Iâ€™m not there every week, as I used to be in his classes, and the teacher snippily dismisses my concerns. Iâ€™ve actually had to buy materials to teach him math at his level myself. Peter helped coach Neilâ€™s robotics team until the principal insisted all coaches be fingerprinted, whereupon Peter bailed. I no longer go to HIPS meetings, I donâ€™t even volunteer for events where fingerprinting is not required, and when asked to contribute financially or materially for a fund-raising drive, I give far less than I once used to.
Some parents acquiesced to the policy: to add to what I consider a humiliation, they now also have to wear picture ID badges whenever they volunteer on campus. From where I stand, I canâ€™t really tell if there has been a drop-off in volunteering, but a parent told my husband the difference is precipitous.
I wrote about this last year. Great way to keep parents away from the school.