Archive for January, 2018

just a small thing, but at HSE, there is a yellow rope in the main lobby preventing students from walking directly towards the west wing, instead they must circle around the front desk go in that direction. It’s really not a big deal, but I was just wondering why it is there.

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A. It’s a safety issue. It helps ensure that visitors are checked in at the front desk and we know where they are going when they arrive.

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Shen issues many pink parking tickets in the student parking lot warning that the cars without parking permits will be towed. How many cars actually get towed? I’ve seen the same cars with pink citations over and over.

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A.  We try not to tow any vehicles as it is inconvenient and costly for the person who has their vehicle towed. With that said, we will tow a vehicle if they continue to violate our rules and park without permission. 

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if you dont want to swim in 8th grade will it bring your average down? Also why do we have to swim?

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A.  Swimming is part of the physical education curriculum and has been since we opened the pool in 2007. PE is not part of your overall average. See the website for questions about the Aquatics Program: https://www.shenet.org/about-us/shen-aquatics-center/

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Why does the school spend so much on buses when your fleet just needs maintenance. If I had 20 Corvettes from the past 20 years that just needed some work here and there, why would I buy new ones? Replace corvettes with buses

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A. Safety is what drives our bus replacement plan. A school bus is not a corvette and there’s a lot more to maintaining a safe school bus fleet than just a little maintenance here and little maintenance there. School buses must pass a 230 plus point inspection every six months. After 10-13 years of winter cycles […]

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Hi, I just wanted to report that the school’s wifi severely drains my phone battery. I used my phone all weekend and it drained at a rate of 10% an hour but when I arrive at school at 7 and check it again at 8 it has deteriorated 35% in an hour. I hope the school can do something to combat this issue

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A.  Your phone is most likely NOT actually connecting to SHEN-BYOD and trying to access the Internet with your data plan.  Due to poor cell signal strength this will drain the battery quickly.  Please follow the instructions here to fully connect to SHEN-BYOD.

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If you have pulled a muscle in your back, are you able to bring a cane to school?

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A.  If a student has an injury and it requires crutches, walker, cane or a wheelchair, there must be a doctors note stating that. 

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do the bus drivers have to “crossers first”. This policy slows the operations down significantly.

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A.  Crossing a student first before others get off the bus is not a district policy, it is a  New State Education Department regulation which requires school bus drivers to make sure students who need to cross get off the bus first and crossed.

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Do Middle School grades count against college applications?

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A. No, unless you are accelerated and taking high school classes in middle school.

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Why does Shen not allow teachers to play Christmas/Holiday music? I understand that Shen wants everyone to feel welcome and not specify toward any one religion. What is the BOE policy on this? What email was sent out to teachers about this? Can Shen please post this email? Can Shen just not allow music with the word “Christmas” to be played? Students should be able to celebrate the holidays at school. Does this mean that I cannot wear a Christmas hat to school? If I still can, why can I not listen to Christmas/Holiday music?

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A. Students can do anything they want as far as religious expression as long as it does not violate the code of conduct. Policy 8360: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1m6Xc63zMW3nhLEkpFQCjgc-2K7sRqhDStLYOTDMzfEM/view Regulation 8360R: https://docs.google.com/document/d/14BqXRXBXqIiMZYJlvskbGDDpQweOMJ9u58Zuex8pNHA/view Polic 7640: https://docs.google.com/document/d/18P1xajlSJcslm9U9hdbJbn0fG7VWsAPg9VlJS9Adz4g/view Here is the e-mail that goes out each year: As the December holidays approach, we know that we may be faced with difficult questions about how […]

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My little sister always complains to me about how cold it is outside for recess, and I would like to know what the minimum temperature is that the kids are allowed outside. The district always wonders why the kids are getting colds, or even the flu, and this is obviously the reason. There should at least be an option for indoor-recess, because I don’t want the children getting sick and missing school, all because of a problem the school started! -A concerned older sister

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A. Outside recess is cancelled on days when the air temperature/wind chill factor is 20 degrees.  Bad weather does not cause colds or flu. They are caused by viruses that are more likely to linger inside.

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