From Dolphus Raymond of Bel Air:
Beginning today, Bel Air High School teachers are now required to “swipe” into school prior to the beginning of the school day at 7 am. The new system is the result of a parent complaint regarding a teacher who was not ready to receive his/her child at 7 for extra help.
The new swipe system is the latest measure in the school system’s degradation of teachers. Teachers who have embraced pay cuts, changing standards of evaluation, and increasing class sizes have for years been expected to work, eat, and even use the restroom by the bell, the first bell ringing at 7:22. For teachers who arrive at 7:06 but leave at 5:30, well after the 2:20 dismissal time, the measure is ill-conceived and insulting, and comes at a time when teacher morale is at an all time low. Many ask how is there money to pay for the technology necessary to implement the swipe system, but not enough money to allow for classes fewer than 30 teenagers?
In what other profession can someone walk in at the beginning of the day to be seen without an appointment? However, now, teachers are no longer “professionals” in Harford County. They are merely scapegoats for failing standards and a lack of student success, and cannot be trusted to arrive on time.
Dolphus Raymond, Bel Air