The following information has come to light and I feel it is best to spread the word to other parents and/or guardians of children that attend school within the Brentwood school district.
I was made aware last school year: PE classes at my granddaughter’s elementary school were taken off campus to an adjacent park. The teacher has the students run the mile at the park, where there are many entrances/exits through courts and gateways. I am concerned of the potential for a horrific tragedy in a blink of the eye. The teacher is the only supervising adult, and could become preoccupied with another student, recording the mile time or just not having “30 different eyes” to watch the children.
A child could be kidnapped in a matter of seconds or another crime could be committed on them. This school has the parents sign a Walking Field Trip Permission form annually at the start of the school year. I do not believe parents/guardians understand how this release is being used or misused. My granddaughter’s mother had added, “permission must be given on a case-by-case basis” for the intent to leave campus, and she still was removed from campus.
Despite an attempt to review concerns with both the principal and the teacher, again this year, PE classes are taken off campus. My granddaughter’s mother was told it is a privilege for the upper grades and there is not enough room on campus for both PE classes and recess for lower grades. I find it hard to believe a newer campus cannot accommodate the students on campus.
My granddaughter has since had her permission to leave campus revoked by her mother. She now sits in the school office or runs errands when her class is off campus, but at least she is safe. She is expected to run the mile alone on campus while the rest of her class is doing a fun activity. Either way, this is not good use of instructional time, and is not a good exercise program for her.
There are many registered sex offenders that live in our community. There are 30 in Brentwood alone. If you add the 118 in Antioch, the 33 in Oakley, the 12 in Bethel Island, the three in Knightsen and the two in Byron, that is a grand total of 198 registered sex offenders. And this count is only the offenders who have been caught.
The school is putting these children in a situation that could become horrific if you as parents/guardians do not start questioning the situations. Look at how some recent situations have hit close to home. There was a letter that came home last year from this same school about a possible attempted abduction. There were also recent attempts near schools in Walnut Creek and Pleasant Hill. Do not forget the young girl that tragically lost her life in Tracy within the last year due to abduction, and the most recent case of Jaycee Dugard.
The school states the children run together in groups. Let me remind you, some of these criminals are bold and will commit crimes in broad daylight and in groups. Michaela Garecht was taken while she walked with a friend many years ago.
I urge you to contact your schools and ask whether this practice exists at your campus. If your school does take children off campus with only one teacher (no other supervision), take the time to revoke the Walking Field Trip Permission form and protect your children from possible crimes. If enough of the parents/guardians do this, the schools will have to bring classes onto campus. I urge you to direct the Brentwood school district to smarten up and keep our children safe.
Don’t let a Brentwood child be the next national headline.
Joan Fosenburg, Martinez