Sunday, March 24, 2013

Good Friday DCPS Petition

Dear colleagues,
We are having an online petition for Good Friday to be off for DCPS teachers, please support, sign and pass on to another DCPS teacher in your listserv. We need 100 signatures for this petition, thanks to all who signed!

We, the DCPS teachers signing this petition, are committed to providing high quality teaching and educational services to our children each and every day. However, Friday, March 29, 2013 is a ½ instructional day for our children. It is also “Good Friday”, a day that many DCPS teachers value and observe as a core part of their religious faith. While this “Good Friday” is scheduled on the DCPS school calendar as a recordkeeping day for teachers, the ½ instructional day for students can easily be altered in such a manner that our spring break includes Good Friday as it has been in the past.
Therefore, we are asking that Chancellor Henderson allow all teachers to perform their recordkeeping activities at home and not require teachers to report to our school or work location on Good Friday, March 29, 2013.
We believe her granting of this request will have no negative impact on DCPS school operations but will allow teachers who wish to observe “Good Friday” as a part of their faith to do so without being penalized and forced to use a leave day. Also, the Chancellor's granting this reasonable request is a win-win for her as our Chancellor and all DCPS teachers, as we work together with mutual respect and commitment to improve and deliver quality educational services to our students.


Maria Angala, NBCT
Twitter: @TeacherSol
LinkedIn: Maria Angala

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