Response To Discussion 6 Respond to each discussion with atleast 100-150 words Brenda Part I – Describe an example of an occurrence and discuss where yo

Response To Discussion 6 Respond to each discussion with atleast 100-150 words

Brenda

Part I – Describe an example of an occurrence and discuss where yo

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Respond to each discussion with atleast 100-150 words

Brenda

Part I – Describe an example of an occurrence and discuss where your school/school district, etc., took action, created policy, etc., which was specific to upholding and protecting students’ Constitutional rights.

A policy that is most recent is Virtual, Hybrid, and Face-to-face learning during Covid-19. During the late Fall and early Spring of the 19-20 School year, we were faced with a “new normal” in teaching and learning. Businesses were closed, schools were closed, and everyone was advised to stay home unless necessary to obtain essentials. We scrambled to inform parents and implement lesson plans. We were stretched to ensure our students were engaged and learning. We were tasked to call parents if the student was not online and to inform them with updates and changes. We were expected, not to just roll over and get online, but to look and perform professionally. We were challenged but fueled with the desire to teach, we persevered to uphold our duty and provide our kids a quality education. Work packets were assembled. They were picked up and dropped off on a weekly basis. The return of a work packet insured a present mark for the prior week of attendance. Lunches were served in sacks daily for pick-up because, for some, it may the only balanced meal the received. It was a learning experience for everyone from the Special Education departments to MDE. 

 

Part II – Describe an example of litigation involving your school regarding student Constitutional rights. Explain any change which followed (handbook revision, policy, etc.) If you are unaware of any litigation in your own school district you can research school districts around you.

I recall a situation with a student and teacher at a middle school and for the protection of the child, I will not divulge the name of the school. With details, it would not be hard to figure out the student’s name. I will call her Belle. Belle, age 13,  was a somewhat lazy student. She walked on crutches for many years but decided she would rather use a wheelchair and stopped her professional physical therapy provided outside of school. She would do some work but complain after a little while. She was all ears, listening at all times to every conversation that took place around her. In fact, one of her goals was to stop the behavior and repeating what she heard or thought she heard. Her parents sued the school district for harassment or bullying by the teacher. This teacher had endured many trials in her past and compassion and understanding is what led her to pursue her special education career. I was not in the class but this teacher taught my child and now serves on the board with MDE. Because of misunderstanding and complaint, In litigation, the school board agreed to have a bus go from Belle’s house near downtown Brandon to a school in Richland in order for Belle to receive her education under FAPE and MDE code 37-9-59. The bus would pick her up and drop her off every school day. 

Part III – After analyzing the Teacher Code of Ethics, discuss which code you think the new generation of teachers is most unaware of.

The example I gave is why it is important to not talk about other students to teachers when kids are present. They hear everything. I would guess that Educator/Collegial Relations is most ignored because some new teachers act and allow the students to act inappropriately at school. Teachers gossip about other teachers, students, and parents inside and outside of the classroom

Latasha

Part 1- Describe an example of an occurrence and discuss where your school/school district, etc., took action, created policy, etc., which was specific to upholding and protecting students Constitutional rights.

This is a common issue surrounding many schools since the use of social media has become so significant with students. Through the use of social media, cyberbullying has become a major problem. In the last two years, there have been fights and a few shootings (off campus that has led to the death of two students). When the fights were becoming so violent and causing a major disruption of the school instruction, the district implemented two things. First, the district implemented a mentoring problem that allowed people of significant roles in the community to ‘adopt’ a student. Secondly, the district implementing an anti-bullying policy. This anti-bullying policy also included cyberbullying. We all know through media the bullying is not a matter to take as a joke because so many students are taking their lives. The district felt like they were required to protect the student’s constitutional rights because they are entitled to a free educated where the student feels safe and protected.

Part 2- Describe an example of litigation involving your school regarding student Constitutional rights. Explain any change which followed (handbook revision, policy, etc.)

At the present time our district is near the end of a litigation regarding a student’s cell phone. The student’s cellphone was confiscated in a phone search. The principal of the school took all the students phones and only a few (the ones with a first offense of a cellphone) were given to parents. His defense was that the other students were repeat offenders and they couldn’t get them back until the end of the year. When one parent came to pick up the cellphone at the end of the year, it was missing. Since the school did not have a policy regarding it, the school was at liable. The school has created a policy in the student handbook that addresses cellphones. In addition, it put in there that the school is not liable for any damage, loss, etc. of cellphone while in confiscation. 

Part 3-After analyzing the Teacher Code of Ethics, discuss which code you think the new generation of teachers is most unaware of.

I fell that the new generation of teachers are most unaware of Standard 8: Remunerative Conduct. In Code 8.2, it states that teachers cannot tutor students that are assigned to the edcuator for remuneration unless approved by the local school board (MDE Code of Ethics). In other words, teachers can not tutor students that are their student and charge them for it. I know new teachers may be approached by parents to tutor their child and receive pay. I don’t think a lot of new teachers realize this is unethical.

Carolyn

Part I – The handbook states that cell phones cannot be used to bully, intimidate, or violate any student Code of Conduct.  At one point, 5th graders were fighting, taking videos of fights, airdropping inappropriate pictures of students, etc.  So, in order to protect the rights of all students, the principal confiscated the phones and parents had to come and pick them up.  Initially, where students could have their phone at school, they can no longer have them.  This action was put in place to protect the infringement of other students’ privacy.  The policy states that “Cell phones and mobile communication devices that disrupt the educational process are grounds for confiscation by school staff or personnel.  Parents may be contacted to claim the students’ cell phone or other electronic devices from a school administrator.” (MASD, 2021).  

Part II – According to Mississippi Today (2020), a lawsuit was filed accusing a school in the district of providing unequal education.  The lawsuit argued that the school was “far from uniform, failing to ensure that African Americans, the descendants of those once enslaved, would receive an education equal to that received by white students” (Mitchell, 2020).  The lawsuit is based on what is noncompliance with the Readmissions Act.  The Readmissions Act is a Civil War-era law that allowed confederate states to rejoin the union on certain conditions, which included not depriving anyone of educational access and educational rights.  The district court threw the case out.  Their reasoning was that it violated the 11th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The case, however, was picked back up by the Fifth Circuit and the parents were told that they could sue state officials rather than the school.  

Part III.  I reviewed the Code of Ethics, and I must say that the new generation of teachers, based on what has been happening at my school, are unaware of Breach of Contract or Abandonment of Employment. I agree that it has been challenging and very stressful these past two years dealing with COVID, technology and virtual learning, and the most disrespectful and unmotivated students, but they fail to understand that there are consequences to breaking your contract.  We have had several teachers to leave, without any regard to the fact that they signed a contract. Based on what I know and what has been discussed at my school, they can face up to a year without a license to be able to work anywhere.  So, they not only have forfeited their current job, but have also put themselves in a predicament to not work in education for at least a year

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