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Would you, could you in the rain?

Original post made by A PMS parent, Another Pleasanton neighborhood, on Jan 22, 2010

Would you, could you in the rain?

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.


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Posted by Enrique
a resident of Pleasanton Middle School
on Jan 22, 2010 at 9:54 am

Have you contacted the PMS administration?

Prior to posting issues on this forum, you should go through the steps of talking to the people responsible for ensuring our children are in a safe and comfortable environment at all times while they are at school.

If you have talked to them already, then you should also post their response so that we see the full story.

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Posted by more information please
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 22, 2010 at 10:22 am

I agree about posting the full story. Perhaps the kids trash the room and that is why they are kept out. Maybe not. But until we know both sides this is just a way to throw darts at one side.

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Posted by fdb
a resident of California Reflections
on Jan 22, 2010 at 10:28 am

Above post is correct. When a complaint is aired it should be followed with, "So what I did..." and then the results. Example...
I did not like how X was doing Y so I contacted X and Z resulted. Isn't that horrible/great?
My opinion, because believe it or not it might be cool to not eat in the gym or something. Total guess but that is what someone might think until you contact PMS and get a responce.

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Posted by Kelly,
a resident of Canyon Meadows
on Jan 23, 2010 at 3:02 am

Here, here! Excellent letter to the public "Parent of PMS Student". FREE SPEACH FORUMS...

And shame on the commentators for bullying the writer into their process of just "how you PMS Parent should complain". Absolutely non of these commentators have expressed one drip of empathy for our kids who are ushered to the cold every single winter school day.

Additionally, "More Information" presents the students to the reader in a derogatory light, accusing the kids to the readers that "perhaps the kids trash the room and that is why they are kept out. Maybe not". PMS Parent has stated, they have been doing this for years... again, no concern at all for our kids only defense how this article "looks" in the public eye scolding parent for publicly expressing their concerns...

Quite possibly are these commentators employees or better yet family of school employees?

PMS Parent, I do look forward to your follow up and hoping the school will shelter the children INSIDE during the winter as parents would expect.

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Posted by lunch lady
a resident of Pleasanton Middle School
on Jan 23, 2010 at 1:19 pm

The kids at Pleasanton Middle are always allowed to eat inside when the weather is cold and/or wet. This past week they ate in the gymnasium. Don't know why these rumors exist.