Parents getting ugly because of long lines at concerts to sign in their child.
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This is my second year teaching K-6 music at this district. This school never had a K-6 Holiday Concert before I assembled one last year. This year, I have two concerts within a week of each other, where I have a K-3 and 4-6 concert. The concert last night was jammed packed, which is great. Trouble is that my Principal insists on gumming up the works by having Parents sign in and out their child. This seems silly to me as this is a small country town where everybody knows everybody. The Parents were in a long line waiting to sign in their child, and I could see many getting agitated. Is this really necessary to have a sign in-out since the children are always monitored by Teachers? Does anyone have any advice as to how this could be done more efficiently? Thank you for any suggestions.
I feel your pain! At our recent concert we had a literal mob of angry parents pushing our staff around because we weren’t letting them take their children without signing them out. We ended up losing track of 10 kids altogether – they could have been roaming the streets for all we know (which has been known to happen in this city)! Could you have the parents sign their children in with the teacher responsible for them, instead of one long line? Divide the students into groups (maybe you’ve already done this) and give a list of names in each group to one teacher on a clipboard. Then when the parent arrives, the teacher hands over the clipboard, the parent signs/initials, and the kid can go. It depends on your teacher/student ratio though.
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