Archive for February, 2018

Can we PLEASE visit the idea of metal detectors and/or armed guards at the entrances of Shen schools? How many more tragedies will it take for us to become pro-active as it relates to on campus school violence?

Written by on February 16, 2018

A. Getting 10,000 students and their backpacks through metal detectors each morning is simply not feasible. How would we protect the students waiting in line to go through the metal detector? Plus, according to law enforcement, it only provides a false sense of security. Using metal detectors only works if you were to operate schools […]

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Please explain the standard policy for finding a student in possession of a controlled substance? Is Marijuana possession handled the same way?

Written by on February 16, 2018

A. Please see the Code of Conduct: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Rg_BcKwYMPUPZbgrIowcHSd5jII5T1FFbFubjx-Wmy4/view

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Is shen going to start active shooter drills? What are other precautions the school could take to make sure a school shooting doesn’t happen?

Written by on February 16, 2018

A. The district already has those drills. A letter went out to parents/guardians about the precautions the district takes. This is also posted on the website under breaking news.

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Why are there so many potholes by the swimming pool and when will they be fixed

Written by on February 16, 2018

A. The potholes in this area are from the heavy school bus traffic. These potholes have been repaired twice with patching solutions during the winter, however proper adhesion is not favorable with the weather and cold temps. Once the asphalt plants reopen in the spring  more lasting repairs will be made.

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Why does water, out of the HSE filtered water fountains, taste salty. I understand that filtration does not dispose of salt, but really?? You spend all this money on filtered water fountains and then the water is still terrible due to salt.

Written by on February 16, 2018

A. The water service for High School West and the entire district town is supplied from the town of Clifton Park. Water fountains provide filtering and many offer bottle filing devices.

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I would like to offer a suggestion. When you mail out the kindergarten registration packet, can Shen please add a list of the available kindergarten wrap programs that offer childcare in the district? Some parents need to work and this would be helpful for us to have, since the district only offers a half day kindergarten program. Thank you

Written by on February 16, 2018

A.  The district does not maintain a list of daycare centers, and cannot make recommendations or endorsements regarding businesses in the area.  Since this list is ever-changing, a google search of “Clifton Park daycare” or similar, will give you a current list to get started.

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Is it possible the High School Musical Company would do a production of Hamilton?

Written by on February 16, 2018

A.  Any selection for the HS musical will be considered providing the rights are available, the content is appropriate for public High School students and audiences, and the show is flexible enough given the student composition within the cast at the given time.

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Why doesn’t Shen get days off on Islamic Holidays?

Written by on February 16, 2018

A. The calendar is driven by BOCES, Board policy and contractual agreements. The days off for religious holidays have been based on the size of the population observing the holidays. At some point, with changing demographics and diversity in religions, it may be impractical to recognize any religious holiday.

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