The Norman Transcript


May 3, 2013

Tell school staff about child’s fear

NORMAN — Q: Now that it’s storm season in Oklahoma and with a middle school child who is very fearful of storms, my wife and I are concerned about her if a bad storm should occur while she’s at school.

Should we let the counselor or her teachers know of her fear? Do schools still prepare kids in the event of bad weather?

— Clay and Carol, Moore

Dear Clay and Carol,

As two people who experienced the May 3, 1999, tornado, we feel you are wise to simply shoot an email to your daughter’s teachers and counselor to make them aware of her fears. This will help them keep a closer eye on her, should a storm arise.

Yes, schools definitely have tornado drills and other emergency drills. Precautions are in place. Students’ safety is top priority, and having this information will help your daughter’s school personnel calm her.

Q: My teenagers are so busy with school activities as well as their social life that it appears our big family vacation is going to be pre-empted by baseball practice and cheer camp.

We feel one week of family time is more important than one week of a school activity. Can they really be removed from teams if they aren’t there for a week?

— Angela, Norman

Dear Angela,

We completely understand your frustration and agree that family time is important. However, yes, they can be removed or benched. Most school teams have parents sign contracts saying they are aware of the time commitment required.

We can’t really tell you what you should do, but communication with the various coaches is of utmost importance. We all want our kids to value commitment. The teams/squads depend on every member being there, if at all possible.

From our experiences with our kids, we know that there’s usually a time period in the summer when practices and games are over. Perhaps scheduling your vacation during this window of opportunity is the answer. If your family has a busy summer schedule, priorities will have to be set.

Please send questions to questions.classact@gmail.

com. Sally and Jeannie are certified school counselors with 49 years combined educational experience. The responses presented don’t necessarily reflect the views of any school district.

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