Originally Posted by cgaler
Private school I assume, They still have the right [so far] to take kids or not take kids that suit them.
That is the American way of private business in our country.
You wouldn't like it if you were told what you could or could not do with your private business.............
The laws in the Philippines seem to be different wrt persons
with disabilities. IMO, the school erred in HOW it expressed
itself on the matter of accepting Nikki as a student.
Some honesty might have allowed for compromise, or at
least acceptance on the parents' part
Perhaps Nikki represents legal exposure for the school if it
decides to take on her de facto
custodianship. Any health-
crisis Nikki might have while on school grounds can seem
fertile earth for sowing a lawsuit. If that's at the root of the
school's reluctance, legal documents could have been drawn
up for the parents to study, and if they were willing, to sign
(to the school's satisfaction) prior to Nikki's enrollment.
Perhaps Nikki represents extra academic payload as well.
Certain class activities would have to be tailored to protect
her, but then the parent's letter indicates an acceptance
of the fact that Nikki cannot participate in ALL such, so that
couldn't be a real problem.
Nikki finally may represent an income problem as well. The
world is full of ignorance, and parents of prospective students
can look at that tracheo and see a health risk to THEIR kids.
The same can apply to parents of current students, again
redounding upon the school's earlier-mentioned legal exposure,
should ANY health-crisis occur affecting those around Nikki.
Certainly, there are always two sides to a story, each side
potentially emphasizing different parts of the same set of
Again, having witnessed a faintly similar (but most happily
resolved) enrollment situation at LSGH, I think clear, honest
and respectful communication is key: both sides lay out their
hopes and fears, and see if they can work something out.
If they can't, then at least they know they tried
I mean, hey: the letter's author is essentially complaining that
the school didn't even try
. For lack of trying, they now reap
a lot of bad press that could have been avoided.