Buffalo is a high-poverty urban community, so it's understandable that Buffalo teachers may sometimes struggle with children who are going to school wearing dirty clothes and smelling bad. Such conditions might ordinarily prompt a call to a school social worker and direct contact with a child's parents.
But a pre-kindergarten teacher at BUILD Academy, came up with her own novel approach last week. She sent home with every classroom student a copy of a handwritten "URGENT NOTICE!" saying that several of the 3- and 4-year-old children in her class were dirty, stinky and "difficult for me to be close to them or even want to touch them. Enough said."
She then required both the parents and their pre-kindergartners to sign the letter and send it back to school showing that they read it. Needless to say, outraged parents contacted the District Parent Coordinating Council, which is bringing the matter to the district and board's attention.
We agree with the teacher that having unclean children in class could represent a health and safety problem. But the fact that she thought it wise to send such an inappropriate letter to all her parents and children makes us wonder if this teacher doesn't possess a common sense problem.
Here's the letter below.
-- Sandra Tan