Palo Alto schools are currently in the process of performing Standardized Testing And Reporting (STAR) Program to gauge both school and individual student performance
Amid this important, but stressful time for students, Duveneck principal Larry Thomas called an all school assembly yesterday and instituted a new "hands off" policy. In an email sent to the Duveneck community this morning, Larry provided the following examples of actions that are now prohibited by the policy on school grounds: "hugs, arms around each other, holding hands".
Activities that are now forbidden at Duveneck include playing tag, duck-duck-goose, ring-around-the-posey, touch football, and shaking hands.
The questions the Duveneck community is asking themselves today are:
(1) Is this the type of sterile environment we want our children to grow up and be educated in?
(2) Should this be a priority for in the school's administration, especially in the middle of the Star Testing weeks?
(3) Is the administration and leadership of Duveneck in synch and in touch with the parent community?