Friday, March 07, 2014

GCSD Bans Cell Phones In Classrooms



According to a Facebook friend, Greece Schools today told students that cell phones are no longer permitted in the classroom.

Is this their "unofficial" response to catching ASL teacher Sharon Duffy with her professional panties down?

When did the school board vote on this policy change?

Why are teachers so afraid someone will show the world how they behave behind closed doors?
   

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

The cell phone policy banning cell phones in the class room has been in effect since established by the 2006 school board. Unfortunately like the dress code policy established at the same time , they went largely ignored by both students, administrators and teachers.
And while were at it, let's not forget the parents.who were largely opposed to the implementation of both policies.
This has been one of the long term failures of this school district for failing to enforce policies. Without enforcement they are nothing more than words on paper.
The board deemed these policies as necessary to enhance the learning process by eliminating these distractions from the class room.That was the only factors that these policies were designed to deal with.
Maybe this while be a wake up call to our Super and administrators to start enforcing all policies, especially the code of conduct policy before this District is struck by THE BIG ONE!!

Anonymous said...

This is the GTA membership at their core, period! Obviously the presence of cell phones in classrooms add to student distraction, as well as the potential of cheating. This has been the case for years, and I never heard a freaking thing until now. One of their own got nabbed behaving poorly, and now suddenly cell phones are a problem. What a filthy bunch they are claiming "It's all about the kids".

SCATS said...

To 5:21PM ~~ Actually, the BOE backpedalled on the "ban" a few years ago. Students are permitted to have their phones, but aren't supposed to be using them (i.e. having them turned on) in class. Now, they were told verbally they can't have them in their possession in a classroom. Big difference ;)

To 5:30PM ~~ I tend to agree especially after hearing about teachers who are talking on their phones while students are testing. It can be extremely distracting!

Anonymous said...

There is actually a law that states that classrooms have an atmosphere of privacy. This is why there are cameras in the halls, but not classrooms.

SCATS said...

To 7:19PM ~~ Please provide a link for that.

I'm aware that teachers are given the "freedom to teach" in their contract. I've never heard of any law giving a public school teacher classroom privacy.

In these days of predators, pedophiles and sex offenders, maybe that law (if it exists) needs changing.

Anonymous said...

How avbout a poll? Would students learn more if we banned cell phones or if we banned teachers?

Anonymous said...

When I was in school cell phones were in their infancy. Had I had a I phone in class, with Facebook, Twitter, texting, etc. I am fully confident in saying that I personally would not have graduated. With having ADD and being somewhat easily distracted having a phone with me or even others would have totally trumped my learning. Leave the phones in the lockers, learning should take importance over having a "right to video or photograph". IMO

Anonymous said...

5:30 It might be a good idea for you to familiarize your self with the facts before you post a comment that tends to make you look a little foolish.
As scats correctly pointed out, these policies existed for many years until some members of the present board who as parents and PTA officers, opossed implementation of these policies as well as others including a skateboard prohibition policy
Julia VanOrman, Gail O Tool and Carolyn Hauer were among them and the most vocal. All three later joined the board and then began the erosion of these policies with help of Roger Boily, an ex teacher and career pol.
Your assertion that GTA is responsible for the recent ban is without merit. This was a decision that was no doubt made by our Superintendent who directed implementation of the existing policies regarding cell phones in the class room. Because the policies exist, no board action was required.
A bit of irony regarding this incident. Had the teachers choose to enforce the cell phone policy, we wouldn't be talking about it. So in essence , the teacher brought this on themselves by omission. They have no one else to blame but them selves.
Please, don't tell me that if that student didn't break the policy, we would have never known about it. Going to the press cast some doubt as to the real motivation by this parent.

SCATS said...

To 5:08AM ~~ Banned teachers? I think you forgot to have your coffee ;) lol

To 9:10AM & 10:25AM ~~ I'm not disputing that cell phones in classrooms are a bad idea. I am questioning the timing of a supposed "policy change" that's announced (verbally only?) to students on a Friday afternoon following the scandalous teacher behavior uncovered in the past week.

To 10:25AM ~~ I think the policies were implemented, but the BOE watered them down after a more recent review. Your cast of characters is pretty much correct though.

Your mention of the irony is right on target! You would THINK Greece would have learned after the Karen Klein debacle. But then we'd actually have to mimic being an educational institution to do so ;)

As for "parent motivation" ... the mom did NOT go to the media! The Media came to her. My understanding of the timeline is (I've had some direct communication with the mother):She called DO asking for an appt. to see Babs in the morning following her learning about the problem from her daughter. She was given an appt. for WEDNESDAY of THIS WEEK. In the interim, a radio station was alerted by someone (who is not known as far as I can understand, but possibly one of mom's FB friends) about the Facebook page with posted photo at the end of last week. From there it went viral and the media made it headline worthy.

Anonymous said...

It is my understanding that the mom chose the date to meet. I inquired when I heard the date and wondered why it was so long, I was told by a family friend that the Wednesday date was the time that was convienient for the mom. In the meantime the radio and media had plenty of time to have a field day with it. They some how managed to manipulate people in to thinking it was the students fault and to take pity on the teacher that clearly was being inappropriate in the classroom. The mom has never really bashed the teacher and went as far to say that she didn't want her to lose her job but wanted answers as to why she would have done such a thing. The fact that she resigned to most would indicate there was much more to the story that she does not want to come out. The mom and student should not be made the villains In this scenario. The talk of holding benefits for an adult who was not doing her job properly once again ( ex. Karen Klein ) and raising money for them is very distasteful.

SCATS said...

To 1:02PM ~~ To what extent she was offered a "choice" of meeting time was likely offered in light of GCSD doing its own investigation. Typically, DO staffers and/or the Supt. won't meet with parents until AFTER they have a chance to meet with the teacher/employee in such situations. As I recall, Duffy was reassigned to a non-classroom job then met with the Supt. and GTA. I'm sure she had legal counsel, as well. All of that takes time.

From WHEC-TV: "The meeting (Norgaard and the Supt.) was scheduled before her daughter's former teacher abruptly resigned Tuesday night ... By Tuesday night, the district had launched an investigation and Duffy stepped down."

Anonymous said...

O.M.G.
I just learned what was written on that projector.

Sweet little innocent children shoud never see such words, not even spray painted on walls.

The taxpayers PAID that woman to teach children about that. It's beyond horrible.

Why didn't that woman get arrested for making children delinquents?

SCATS said...

To 4:19AM ~~ IMHO, she should have been arrested for sex abuse, but then she might have lost her teaching credentials. By letting her "resign" Greece has left the door open for Duffy to teach elsewhere ... otherwise known within the profession as "passing the trash."

Anonymous said...

A bit off topic here but hope someone can point me in the right direction... How does one get an appointment with the superintendent? I've called and left several messages, never receive a call back. My next step is going to the media, but I'd really like to talk with her privately before I do that.

SCATS said...

To 2:26PM ~~ You ask an excellent question, one that I've wondered about since hearing that the mom got into see Babs. I'll post it as a separate BLOG ;)