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Letter: Schedule Change

To The Editor:


A funny thing happened to me and my family only one week before school started in Port Washington. Somehow, my child’s schedule was (drastically) changed; yet nobody from the High School bothered to let us know — not by phone, mail, nor email. When we contacted the school to find out, “What was up,” the guidance department told us that the schedule changes were out of “their” hands. We were told the changes were made by the School Administration.


The guidance Chairperson told me I had to appeal directly to the principal. I found that odd, since the principal never met my child, yet recommended a course of study in direct contrast to the Guidance Department recommendations and the family wishes. Being a teacher and former Board Member, I knew my rights and the principal agreed to reverse the scheduling changes; although I never got an answer as to why we were never contacted.


Here is my theory: Our child decided to pursue the requirements for a Regents Diploma, and not an Advanced Regents Diploma. As a family, we discussed these options with the school’s guidance staff last June. It was all agreed that a regular Regents Diploma would be best for our child. So, why was my child’s schedule changed over the summer without parental notification? The administration thinks it looks better (in Newsday) if more students graduate with the Advanced Regents.


I felt the situation was handled poorly and I contacted the Superintendent. She informed me that several families agreed to the schedule changes (when they found out), and other families, such as mine who did not agree had their schedules reverted back to the original.  So, if you are one of those families affected and you are “not yet in the loop”, you should not have a problem getting your child’s original schedule reinstated (even if those courses are now closed).


Jon Zimmerman


Port Washington