I think the schools will be closed on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 due to that day’s Presidential Primary election. In the recent past, the schools have been closed on election day in November. The reason for this is that several schools are used as polling places. Throughout the year, schools try very hard to keep unknown people out for security and safety reasons, but on election day, everyone is allowed in. It’s a policy that makes a lot of sense to me. One thing that didn’t make sense was that the schools were only closed for the general election, but were open for primaries and preliminaries. The policy implied that dangerous individuals, like many voters, didn’t bother with preliminaries or primaries and only came out in November. If this new policy does, in fact, close the schools for every election, it would seem more consistent and prudent..Richard Howe February 2016 (Bold Mine)
Volunteers must complete a CORI form each year. Bring your photo ID in…Policy in Lowell Public Schools
So a parent who wants to help at school, chaperone a Field Trip or be a PTO member must undergo a cori check, we close school on Election Day(s)for safety but this Supt. and School Committee want to open the elementary and middle schools to Anyone two hours a month?
Not only that but they will give them a lift to get them to the schools…How is this Safe or Sensible ? Even Open Houses and Parent meetings aren’t usually held when school is in session for safety reasons.
Lowell Public Schools Doors Open – By opening our doors we expand access, provide greater transparency and share the decision-making with our community.
You do expand access for any predator to get into and scope out the Elementary and Middle Schools! Who thought this was safe and okay for our kids?
The first Wednesday of every month is “Doors Open”!
Doors Open 2016-2017
September 7: Daley, Bailey & Molloy Career Academy Schools
October 5: Sullivan School, J.G. Pyne School & Leblanc School
November 2: Butler School, Shaughnessy School & Cardinal O’Connell School
December 7: Peter W. Reilly School & Stoklosa School
January 4: Bartlett Community Partnership School & Robinson School
February 8: Christa McAuliffe, Murkland & Greenhalge School
March 8: Moody School and E.N. Rogers STEM Academy
April 5: McAvinnue, Pawtucketville Memorial & Dr. An Wang Schools
May 3: Morey & Abraham Lincoln Schools
June 7: George Washington School & Laura E. Lee School
All Doors Open sessions are 10:00am – 12:00pm (approximate)
If I had a child still in the Elementary or Middle Schools I’d be opposed to allowing my child’s classroom to be viewed! Parents have to sign a waiver to allow photos, now the school dept is going to let anyone in the community to see our students up close?
No Cori for them just for parents and grandparents that want to be involved.
The School Committee and Administration need to review this idea.