Here’s what the Springfield Public Schools is using to do outreach to incoming Puerto Rican families joining the community:
Notice any problem here?
Under registration requirements lists as requirements:
- Immunization records
- Birth certificate
- Legal guardianship paperwork
- Prior school records
- School transfer
- Academic transcript/most recent report card
- Discipline records
- Special ed/IEP records
- Attendance records
“If you have some or any of the required paperwork, please come to the PACE center.”
And what if you have NONE of the required paperwork? Like, I don’t know — maybe your home was destroyed in a hurricane, along with the school where your kids attended?
What happens then?
The Springfield Public School system is notoriously horrible in communicating and building a relationship with parents as a general rule and it seems they are hell-bent on continuing in the same fashion with any newcomers to the community.
How about, “Come to the PACE — we’re here to help! Regardless of whether or not you have documents for your child, we can help you find solutions.”
Like most of us, I have serious questions about the capacity of the Springfield Public Schools to meet the needs of children and families who are joining our communities from Puerto Rico, largely due to the fact that they do such a poor job of meeting the needs of children and families currently in their city.
We’ll be watching what happens closely.