Confusion over a new anti-bullying class leads one district 205 leader to question communication within the district.
Amaze is a new anti-bullying program approved for 6th grade girls in Rockford Public Schools, by district administrators. Problem is, no one told the Education Committee.
"Parents were told about the program in the letter and were given information that if they wanted to choose not to have their daughter participate than they were given a phone number to call so that they could opt out of the program," said Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois CEO Vicki Wright. "I think as a result of that letter, at least one parent called to say she didn't know about this."
Operations Committee Member and parent of a 6th grade girl, Kim Mullins says she didn't get that letter from the Girl Scouts and questions how many other parents did.
"Letters weren't sent home to everybody, they should've been mailed. So parents don't know who's in contact with their kids and that's a problem," said Mullins.
A district 205 partnership with the Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois automatically enrolled the students in the anti-bullying program through the Girl Scouts.
922 is the number of girls enrolled in the program.
None, that's the amount of knowledge Education Committee members say they had that the Amaze program was being used.
"We implemented a curriculum and it didn't go through Ed. Committee," said Mullins.
"I think we have some work to do to make sure that our education committee and our board is aware of the details of the program and we're looking forward to having that conversation," said incoming Superintendent Dr. Ehren Jarrett.
Mullins says some district officials and administrators that were asked to be at the Operations Committee were no-shows.
That's not all.
"We did ask that a person from the Girl Scouts be here in case we had any questions and I received an email that they were asked not to attend a public meeting," said Mullins.
So far only three students have opted out of the program.
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