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Original post made by Amador mom, Danbury Park, on Jun 10, 2014

I want to make everyone who is planning on attending Amador’s graduation Friday aware of a safety hazard - one that caused an accident at last year’s graduation. The cement area outside the multi-purpose room, where the lunch tables are, has several areas of lifted cement that can cause a trip hazard. This area is where the graduates gather before the ceremony, as well as friends and family taking pictures. Although my injury wasn't serious, I took a pretty hard fall, and it was not much fun sitting through my child’s graduation with throbbing pain in several areas of my body and a bleeding hand and elbow. I could have easily broken a bone or hit my head on the cement and suffered a more serious injury and missed my child's graduation. That is what I am trying to prevent from happening to someone this year.

I have made Parvin Ahmadi, Superintendent, Luz Cazares, Assistant Superintendent, Larry Lagatta, Director of Maintenance, and Tom Drescher, Principal, aware of my accident, starting from last June and throughout this past school year, to my last correspondence on May 7, 2014, and asked that this area be repaired or something be done to warn people of this hazard. Not one of these people have had the courtesy to respond. I have gone to Amador several times this school year to check and see if anything has been done to make this area safer, and as of last Friday, it remains the same. The lunch tables have covered this area during the school year, but a trip hazard still exists, and there is actually more potential for serious injury if a student trips and hits his/her head on one of the metal tables.

In my last correspondence to Mr. Drescher, I asked that he take precautions prior to this year's graduation ceremony and clearly designate this area as hazardous, by cordoning off the area, painting the raised edges in bright paint, etc. I also suggested that there be a clearly visible first aid station set up near the entrance of the football field for graduation, as there was no first aid station last year. I also asked that some kind of permanent repair of the cement be done, such as grinding down the lifted edges, or repaving the entire area. Since I never received a response from Mr. Drescher, I have no idea if any of these things are going to be done.
So, if you are attending, please be careful. It would be very unfortunate for a parent or graduate to suffer a serious injury prior to the graduation and miss the ceremony.

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Posted by Licensetochill
a resident of Canyon Oaks
on Jun 10, 2014 at 5:43 pm

Or, people could take some personal responsibility and watch were they are walking.

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Posted by lesismore
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Jun 12, 2014 at 12:40 pm

to Amador mom

You have way to much free time on your hands!

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Posted by safety first
a resident of Amador Estates
on Jun 12, 2014 at 7:47 pm

You can never be too safe. Good Post!

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Posted by Complaint form info
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 13, 2014 at 1:03 am

Good post.

The District will not act on email complaints (nice responsiveness, huh?) unless you fill out an official form. The school board members know the process but will not tell you the process for fear of getting a nasty letter from the union.

Cut and paste this text below, send an email with the subject "Williams Complaint form" and send it to the superintendent and school board. Indicate that the uneven concrete creates a hazardous condition and is detrimental to health and safety. This form is here Web Link on this website. The PUSD must respond to Williams Complaint forms and can't ignore them. If you don't get a response within a week, send it to the State.

Cut and paste below

Williams Complaints Form

Education Code (EC) Section 35186 created a procedure for the filing of complaints concerning deficiencies related to instructional materials, conditions of facilities that are not maintained in a clean or safe manner or in good repair, and teacher vacancy or misassignment. The complaint and response are public documents as provided by statute. Complaints may be filed anonymously. However, if you wish to receive a response to your complaint, you must provide the following contact information.

Response requested:  Yes  No

Name (Optional):__________________________ Mailing Address (Optional): ___________________________
Phone Number Day (Optional): _______________________ Evening (Optional): __________________________
Issue of complaint (please check all that apply):
1. Textbooks and Instructional Materials
 A pupil, including an English learner, does not have standards-aligned textbooks or instructional materials or state-adopted or district-adopted textbooks or other required instructional materials to use in class.
 A pupil does not have access to textbooks or instructional materials to use at home or after school. This does not require two sets of textbooks or instructional materials for each pupil.
 Textbooks or instructional materials are in poor or unusable condition, have missing pages, or are unreadable due to damage.
 A pupil was provided photocopied sheets from only a portion of a textbook or instructional materials to address a shortage of textbooks or instructional materials.
2. Facility Conditions
 A condition poses an urgent or emergency threat to the health or safety of students or staff, including: gas leaks, nonfunctioning heating, ventilation, fire sprinklers or air-conditioning systems, electrical power failure, major sewer line stoppage, major pest or vermin infestation, broken windows or exterior doors or gates that will not lock and that pose a security risk, abatement of hazardous materials previously undiscovered that pose an immediate threat to pupils or staff, structural damage creating a hazardous or uninhabitable condition, and any other emergency conditions the school district determines appropriate.
q A school restroom has not been maintained or cleaned regularly, is not fully operational and has not been stocked at all times with toilet paper, soap, and paper towels or functional hand dryers.
q The school has not kept all restrooms open during school hours when pupils are not in classes, and has not kept a sufficient number of restrooms open during school hours when pupils are in classes.
3. Teacher Vacancy or Misassignment
 Teacher vacancy - A semester begins and a teacher vacancy exists. (A teacher vacancy is a position
To which a single designated certificated employee has not been assigned at the beginning of the year
for an entire year or, if the position is for a one-semester course, a position to which a single designated certificated employee has not been assigned at the beginning of a semester for an entire semester.)
 Teacher misassignment - A teacher who lacks credentials or training to teach English learners is
assigned to teach a class with more than 20 percent English learner pupils in the class.
 Teacher misassignment - A teacher is assigned to teach a class for which the teacher lacks subject matter competency.
4. High School Exit Examination (For school districts who receive intensive instruction funds)
 Pupils who have not passed the high school exit exam by the end of 12th grade were not provided the opportunity to receive intensive instruction and services pursuant to Education Code 37254 (d) (4) and (5) after the completion of grade 12.

Date of Problem:_____________________________________________________________________________

Location of Problem (School Name, Address, and Room Number or Location):____________________________

Course or Grade Level and Teacher Name: _______________________________________________________

Please describe the issue of your complaint in detail. You may attach additional pages if necessary to fully describe the situation._________________________________________________________________________¬¬¬¬¬________

End of complaint form

Good luck

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Posted by Brockman
a resident of Birdland
on Jun 13, 2014 at 7:06 am

Pleasanton does have a lot of parents who struggle with awareness of their surroundings and knowing when it's not appropriate to show up for a school event while under the influence. Wouldn't it be easier and cheaper, then, to require the more "wobbly" moms to wear a protective suit of bubble wrap or something?

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Jun 13, 2014 at 11:36 am

Excellent post. Gracias!

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Jun 13, 2014 at 12:18 pm

Weebles wobble but they don't fall down

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Posted by Amador mom
a resident of Danbury Park
on Jun 16, 2014 at 4:55 pm

To Complaint Form Info:

Thank you for the information you posted. Very helpful.

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