Subject[EDEQUITY Equity Now]Restraining orders on a growing basis
We are an urban high school of close to 4000 ethnically, culturally and
racially diverse students. When such an order comes to the Headmaster or
Master, one or the other will examine the students' schedules and with the
guidance counselors involved, make the adjustments that will keep students
a minimum number of feet apart. Students and parents or guardians are also
informed of what is required of them in writing. While not foolproof, it
has worked very well during my tenure.
From: Emile Rosenberg [mailto:RosenbergE@k12.Waltham.ma.us]
Subject: [EDEQUITY Equity Now]Restraining orders on a growing basis
In our schools we experience restraining orders on a growing basis.
Sometimes they reflect a family situation, with one parent or the other
forbidden to go to the home or the school, due to violence or the threat of
violence. Occasionally, restraining orders have been issued by the court
to protect one student from another. This becomes very problemmatic for
schools when there is only one high school in the community. School staff
are required to attempt to keep the students separated throughout the
school day and at all school sponsored events. I wonder if some of you
have faced similar situation and how you dealt with them.
Assistant Superintendent of Waltham Public Schools
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