The application process for getting into kindergarten is more like applying to college nowadays.
While supplying educators with all of the information they need to make sure students are safe and productive at school is important, parents said some of the questions could get a little too personal.
A West Hartford mom said there is a question she is leaving unanswered on an application.
Cara Paiuk said her little boy is excited to start kindergarten at the Aiken Elementary School this fall.
“As a first time child going into the public school system, there was a parent orientation meeting,” she said, adding that she didn't know what to expect.
She said she never imagined the mandatory application form they were handed would ask her if she had a C-section or not.
“There's so many different questions you could ask, and it isn't anyone's business, and it has no relevance,” Paiuk said. “I was stunned to see this form, and I couldn't understand the relevance of it.”
She said she asked the head nurse to see why they would need to know that information.
“She basically explained -- in not so many words -- really they're looking for any birth trauma that might have happened...but as most of us know, birth trauma can happen by C-section or vaginal birth, so it still did not click with me,” Paiuk said.
She said she was told that the question had been on the form for years and the superintendent and chair of the school board told her they would look into it but she couldn't find an answer to her question.
Paiuk said she requested to see the old forms under the Freedom of Information Act but said she was denied.
“Most parents I've spoken to are outraged...and they are almost outraged at themselves, like, did I fill that, did I not even question it? Am I filling out forms blindly,” Paiuk said.
West Hartford's Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum Nancy DePalma said the district is going to reevaluate the questions they ask on the forms and see if they can make the questions “more meaningful and efficient.”
DePalma added that the district is checking with other school districts to see what questions they ask.
“I think they need to be reviewed and updated because everything changes...the world changes, children change, education changes,” Paiuk said.
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