- May 11, 2017 at 12:56 pm #536778
My school recently passed its referendum and while the K-12 music room will remain mostly untouched they were supposed to make our itty bitty practice rooms larger (turn 4 into 2). Which they did, however, they neglected to replace the windows. So now I have two 5×3′ practice rooms where I am unable to see the students working inside.
As a teacher I would never have students working somewhere they can not be monitored or observed. My super is insisting it is no longer in the budget/was never in the plan (although it was). There has to be some sort of legal requirement for needing a window/ability to have visual contact with students at all times or something!
Any help or suggestions are appreciated!!
-JessMay 12, 2017 at 12:55 pm #536821
I agree, that sounds like a terrible idea for safety and a liability. My mind immediately goes to the risk of bullying, assault, sexual assault, or medical emergency. Are there pianos or nice keyboards in these practice rooms? How about the expensive temptation to monkey with the inner workings of the piano for any curious young minds? Cutting windows into finished walls would be a pain, but taking a door off its hinges and replacing it with another one is quick and painless as long as it’s not a custom size. Door with a glass window in it? The district may have one in storage somewhere already that someone can pop in. It might not be as sound-proof as you’d like in a practice room, but would be a quick and inexpensive solution.
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