Tag: District

As a school and community I think we all need to recognize that vaping in our middle schools and high schools is becoming a problem that we can’t ignore. Our youth are seeing vaping as “cool” and not a health risk because they are marketed as “safe” as compared to cigarettes. We need to educate them on the addictive nature of any product with nicotine and that these vaping devices,and the liquids used in them, aren’t regulated for safety, or ingredients. As a school please help!

Written by on October 17, 2017 in Grapevine

A. The District does address this in health classes.

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When is the district going to update the website so that phone numbers include area codes?. It would make calling from a cell phone easier.

Written by on October 17, 2017 in Grapevine

A. I think I got them all. If you see one, please let me know at defekell@shenet.org

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Are teachers and/or students permitted to dress up for Halloween?

Written by on October 17, 2017 in Grapevine

A. That is a building-based decision. Ask your principal.

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Has the district ever considered contracting out to one of the pharmacy chains to hold a flu shot clinic for the students? It could be done during PE classes. I’m just curious as to how many students actually get an annual flu shot. This may help parents and guardians who either can’t afford the shot or don’t have time to take their child to get it. May also cut down on illness and absences.

Written by on October 17, 2017 in Grapevine

A.  We have looked into this in the past however due to the size of our district and logistics, it would be very difficult to coordinate.  

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A quick question regarding gender neutrality taking center stage because once again Shen is all about being up on all things 21st century! Since there will no longer be signs designating “boys” and “girls” bathrooms will it be acceptable and not frowned upon when a male (adult) who happens to need a restroom, opts to identify as a female and uses the girl’s bathroom? How does one know and differentiate between those who are now coming out and identifying and those that are creeeps amount us? Can you say for certain there are no employees with otherwise nefarious pasts and what would prevent someone from simply stating they now identify as the opposite sex? There would be nothing a school could do to prevent them from using the restroom occupied by someone they would be preying upon. Am I saying this exists, no! However, stop jumping to the forefront trying to be “that school” who’s first to do it all and think about the lives you’re messing with! However, since Shen is all about their sports…I’ll sit back and wait for this show because you know it’s coming. This will once again bring the school district to national news…smh

Written by on September 28, 2017 in Grapevine

A. This wasn’t a quick question and Shen is not removing signs designating boy and girl restrooms. We continue to have both boy/girl restrooms and gender neutral restrooms. Nothing has changed.

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Like most millennials, I too, have a self-diagnosed mental disorder that most physicians would cry foul due to no signs of a chemical imbalance in my brain. Regardless, I identify as a person who has mental issues and enjoy to draw attention to my narcissistic self to gain pity from others. I am interested in having a therapy animal. Preferably a small hamster for the rhythmic squeaks and tiny nibbles that penetrate my fingers–all which keep me on task. Would Shenendehowa be able to accommodate for this?

Written by on September 20, 2017 in Grapevine

A.  Personal therapy animals are not allowed in school unless they are deemed medically necessary, are trained, certified, and do not pose any disruption to the learning environment. A hamster does not meet the criteria.

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Is there a cap on how many kids at this district can be classified as having disabilities? It seems very difficult to get any assistance for kids that need it at this district. What’s going on?

Written by on September 20, 2017 in Grapevine

A.  In order for a student to be identified as having a learning disability, the student must first receive systematic, targeted interventions to remediate specific academic skill deficits (Response to Intervention-RTI). Once appropriate interventions have been tried and a student continues to demonstrate academic gaps, the student must undergo a full evaluation by the Committee […]

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Is resource class required if you have an IEP?

Written by on September 20, 2017 in Grapevine

A.  When a student has an IEP at least one special education service is required. Resource room is one of the services that may be recommended depending on the needs of the student. Resource room is not required for every student with an IEP. However, if the CSE has determined that this is the only […]

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Hi I am currently a college student and received an alert on my phone that I was signed out of my Shen Google Drive account. That wouldn’t be a problem, but now I cannot access some features of my phone because it required me to sign in to my Shen Schools account (which, to my knowledge, has been deactivated) Who can I contact to find a solution to this issue??

Written by on September 20, 2017 in Grapevine

A.  It sounds like your personal device was setup using  your shenschools.org account.  You will need to setup a new personal google account on your phone and delete your shenschools.org account.

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Why is it that the dress code targets girls more than guys? I don’t think my shoulders will stop them from getting an education.

Written by on September 20, 2017 in Grapevine

A. No where in the dress code does it say that you can’t show your shoulders. Here is how the dress code is defined in the code of conduct: For the purpose of this Code, appropriate dress for students is defined as and includes the following: Student’s dress, grooming and appearance, jewelry and accoutrements (such […]

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