Tuesday, August 8, 2023

Religious Studies?

On the agenda for tonight's school meeting is Item 11.1 Discussion: Release Time for Religious Study. This is under New Business - No Action Requested.

How did this ever get on the agenda?

You want your kid(s) to study religion? There is plenty of time after school and nights and week-ends. Why should schools "release" students during the school day for that?

Read the presentation here. It will be interesting to see who makes the presentation.

Now, lest you think I am anti-religion, I favor classes in comparative religion. Kids today have their hands full just trying to master reading, writing, and 'rithmetic. How about cursive writing and telling time other than with a digital clock? Let's get the basics covered first.

Religion is good, on your own time.

Security officers - off-duty now for traffic?

I read a Facebook post this morning that Richland 2 had announced that school security officers cannot direct traffic at schools. One comment to that post mentioned a "new law".

So I Googled "school security officer cannot direct traffic". Check out the results for yourself. This is not a new issue.

Unless traffic control officers are highly trained and supervised, there is a pretty good chance that an "accident" (crash) might happen and the school district will find itself in the middle of a lawsuit.

I have experience in directing traffic, both while in uniform and not. It is imperative to take control of the flow of traffic. Otherwise, chances increase for a crash to occur. 

S.C. Code of Laws §56-5-740: "Obedience to authorized persons directing traffic. No person shall willfully fail or refuse to comply with any lawful order or direction of any police officer, fireman or uniformed adult school crossing guard INVESTED BY LAW [emphasis added] with authority to direct, control or regulate traffic." 

Very likely, Richland 2 security officers are/were not "invested by law."

How was this announced? Did parents get a Notice? There is nothing on the District's website about this.