Why are the students of PMS spending their lunch period in 40 degree temps in the pouring rain? Why aren't ALL of the lunch tables and benches in the multipurpose room (already paid for with your tax dollars) being made available to students? Only a portion of the gym area and a set of bleachers are being used. Hundreds of students are told to crowd into those few bleachers or sit on the wet floor. (What a photo op that is!) Students are even expressly forbidden from using the remaining available empty bleachers. Overflow students or those at the back of the line sit outdoors in the cold, wind, and rain. Although the facilities are available at PMS, the CHILDREN are just simply not being provided enough space to eat their lunches in a safe, sanitary, sane environment. If you furnished these same conditions in your home, it might be called neglect or labeled inhumane.
Is it due to the current budget crisis? Is it a manpower issue? Unlikely, as this practice has been ongoing at PMS for years. Oddly enough, certain other PUSD sites are able to shelter their ENTIRE student population from the elements. Go figure.
C'mon, PMS, even the inmates at California's state penitentiaries get to eat lunch with a roof over their heads.......and everyone gets a seat, too.
The letter from the PMS principal in the January 2010 PFA newsletter states: "Somehow we need to find a way to ensure that none of our students will be stuck in minimum wage jobs." Perhaps we could employ a cost-cutting measure by replacing the PMS faculty/staff member who does not provide ALL of our CHILDREN with adequate space and shelter from the elements with one of those minimum wage earners that the letter refers to. Might that minimum wage earner show more sensitivity and common sense toward our students? At the very least, that minimum wage earner could mop the gym's floor and set up the lunch tables and benches in the multipurpose room so that our students could have a warm dry lunch period.
Try them and you may, I say.