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Yeesh...

It amazes me how many things people can get upset about...innocuous things, I mean. The latest is a parent who doesn't want to have to sign a confidentiality agreement to volunteer in her kid's classroom. She was fairly adamant about refusing to volunteer anymore if we made her do it.

(To which I say: Fine. We don't need people with that kind of attitude, anyway.)

I'm soooooo ready to be done with this 'job.'

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beachdog
Apr. 17th, 2012 08:24 pm (UTC)
In this area, volunteers or paid staff have to agree to a police background check before they can do anything with kids. A confidentiality agreement is pretty harmless methinks.
robinellen
Apr. 17th, 2012 11:14 pm (UTC)
Absolutely :)
sesheta_66
Apr. 17th, 2012 09:39 pm (UTC)
Why would someone have to sign a confidentiality agreement to volunteer at a school? Whatever is taught in the classroom should be open to scrutiny. Perhaps that's why she refused - thinking the school has something to hide.

If, however, the volunteer is privy to confidential information (e.g. medical information about students) as part of her work there, it makes complete sense.

Was the reason for the agreement made clear to her, or does she just think she's expected not to talk about the teaching methods, etc.?

I can see both sides.
deenaml
Apr. 17th, 2012 10:46 pm (UTC)
My guess is, based on NYS Confidentiality laws, we're talking about the students, not what is being taught. My library staff has to abide by the same rules: no talking about the patrons' personal details.
deenaml
Apr. 17th, 2012 10:46 pm (UTC)
Though I don't know what CO Con Laws are! :)
robinellen
Apr. 17th, 2012 11:15 pm (UTC)
You're exactly right -- it's for the students' protection! And we have some gossipy parents, without a doubt...
sesheta_66
Apr. 17th, 2012 11:15 pm (UTC)
Yup, that would be my guess, and obviously that makes sense.

But perhaps the reason behind it wasn't made clear to this parent? If she considered for a moment what it would mean to her if someone worked with her child, then went around talking about personal details outside the classroom, perhaps she would be more understanding.

robinellen
Apr. 17th, 2012 11:16 pm (UTC)
You could be right -- perhaps she took it completely differently than we meant...we'll have to be sure and clarify :)
sesheta_66
Apr. 17th, 2012 11:19 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I've seen circumstances where people make assumptions and can't get past them to see the real reasons behind rules such as these.

Good luck! :)
robinellen
Apr. 18th, 2012 03:24 am (UTC)
Thanks -- and I'm glad you mentioned a different way to see it...it helps me respond with more patience ;)
sesheta_66
Apr. 18th, 2012 03:44 am (UTC)
My pleasure. ♥
robinellen
Apr. 17th, 2012 11:14 pm (UTC)
Yes, as Deena mentions below, it's to do with the students, not the teachers. We have had problems in the past with parents discussing other people's kids (that they had worked with while volunteering)...*sigh*.
sesheta_66
Apr. 17th, 2012 11:16 pm (UTC)
Le sigh. It takes all kinds! The people who do stuff like that are probably the same ones that would cry foul if it happened to their child.
deenaml
Apr. 17th, 2012 10:45 pm (UTC)
HA! We get this kind of thing at the library too. You threaten not to come back bc we won't do what you want, as if that is a bad thing. :)
robinellen
Apr. 17th, 2012 11:15 pm (UTC)
I know -- it makes me laugh a bit ;)
rowanda380
Apr. 18th, 2012 05:38 pm (UTC)
What is the reason for the confidentiality agreement?
authorwithin
Apr. 18th, 2012 07:20 pm (UTC)
We have to submit a background check (finger print card etc.) here if we want to volunteer too. I wouldn't think a confidentiality agreement would be such a hang up. :-/
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