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Trumbull Teachers Union: Change Parent Visiting Rules

The Trumbull Education Association president said for security and educational reasons, a limited number of parents should be allowed to visit schools at any given time.

Trumbull Education Association President Tammy Baillargeon
Trumbull Education Association President Tammy Baillargeon
During open houses, anywhere from 90 to 200 parents could be in a Trumbull school.

That many could compromise school security and disrupts the educational process, said Tammy Baillargeon, president of the Trumbull Education Association.

"Our schools are not designed to absorb those numbers during the school day," she said at a recent Board of Education meeting, later adding, "This disruption to the learning process cannot be understated."

She asked for additional security and scheduled visitor openings to help teachers deal with the influx. Right now, teachers and administrators have been moderating open houses.

Baillargeon added that while many invitations ask parents not to bring siblings to open-house events, many parents do anyway.

The union president said open-house events are well-intentioned, but children who know their relatives are coming to school to visit can get distracted and not learn as well as they should.

As a result,  "Parents do not get to see the reality of the classroom," Baillargeon said.

She asked the school board members to observe the school on open house days.

Board of Education Chairman Steve Wright said while the union's concern was "absolutely legitimate," the schools superintendent needs make the decision on the matter.

Baillargeon replied that she has been talking with Supt. Gary Cialfi, who asked to continue the conversation.

Finally, the union head said some school districts in Connecticut "have decided this type of event will no longer take place."

"We don't want to close the doors. It's just a more controlled environment," Baillargeon said.

Board Vice Chairman Deborah Herbst, a former school principal, agreed that large numbers of visitors does affect security and the teaching and learning process. She added that school security measures should be discussed in executive session.
Jo3ann October 07, 2013 at 11:24 AM
I understand the security concerns but I think that it is very important to remember that excluding parents from the education process is a big mistake. In order for children to achieve they must be encouraged and supported at home. The more the parents feel a part of the process the more empowered they will be to help. I think the potential benefit for teachers and students from inviting the parents to school far outweighs the partial loss of attention for one day.
gail jarvis October 08, 2013 at 07:13 PM
"We don't want to close the doors. Its just a more controlled environment"...says Tammy Baillergeon Trumbull Education Association. Our Public Education is a Government Monopoly. The Rules and Regulations are Created and Controlled by the Unions. Teachers are MEMBERS of the Union. Public Education is a Monopoly. Open House is exactly that OPEN HOUSE!!! You're worried about the parents coming to school???.... We're worried about the teachers/unions/monopoly being at the school. 1984 is here!!!!
Heidi Coover Staffaroni October 09, 2013 at 06:59 PM
Hi, I am new to Trumbull and my son's Open House is in the evening. Are there a lot of schools in Trumbull that have Open House during the school day?
Joe Smith October 10, 2013 at 03:15 AM
That's right Gail. Since we pay their salary we should be able to do anything we want. I think I'm going to just start having my morning coffee in my son's classroom every day. Don't let the teachers decide how best to educate our kids.... what the heck do they know anyway? Anyone who is a sucker enough to dedicate their career to teaching 1+1 probably doesn't make the best decisions anyway. If they actually knew anything, they would be a lawyer or a hedge fund manager.
Cindy Katske October 10, 2013 at 11:30 AM
Heidi, they are talking about visitation day, when parents can sit in on their child's class(es) to see what their school day is like. It's not the same thing as Back to School Night, which may be what you are thinking about.
gail jarvis October 10, 2013 at 12:50 PM
Joe, I was blogging about The Public Education of our children. Locally, state, national. COMMON CORE Curriculum is here. It is being questioned. The Government is EDUCATING our children. And in a BIG Way they are Educating the Parents of what is expected of them!!! Certainly you can understand that!! I can't imagine that you agree with that!!!
Joe Smith October 10, 2013 at 07:36 PM
Sure Gail. I don't want our kids to be EDUCATED. I guess I just misunderstood what you were saying when you said "We're worried about the teachers/unions/monopoly being at the school." I thought you were saying that teachers and unions were bad. I guess what you are really worried about is EDUCATION. My mistake.
gail jarvis October 11, 2013 at 03:17 PM
Joe.... I AM NOT a Cool Aide Drinker.......... Don't you question the obvious?

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