Amy Slone and Jason and Shannon Joiner were present at the meeting to ask the council if they would consider amending the school’s student placement policy to allow their twins to be in the same kindergarten class. The Joiners have a twin boy and girl, and Slone is the mother of twin girls. They were concerned that if their twins weren’t placed in the same class, they might not handle school well. One other parent with the concern didn’t show up at the meeting.
“This is the first culture shock they’re going to have,” Slone said. “At five years old, I just don’t want them separated.”
Both Slone and the Joiners had basically the same concerns. They said that their twins had never spent much time apart and that the first day of school was going to be scary enough without separating them.
The current student placement policy doesn’t allow for parents to make requests for their child to be placed in a class with another specific child. Principal Ann Taylor said that the policy had been created in the late 1990s because of discipline problems with siblings in the same class. She said she was concerned that if the twins were in the same class, there might be problems with the children not being independent enough or that they might fight with each other.
Slone said she would want any problems like those dealt with and that she would be more upset if her daughters weren’t treated just like the other children.
Parent representative Pam Wilson said her older twin sisters were never in the same class when they had gone to school in the county and that they hadn’t had any problems.
Slone said that until she had twins, she never would have thought she would care if they were in the same class, but that this weighing on her heart heavily. Slone and the Joiners both said they didn’t care what happened after kindergarten, but that it would be better for their twins if they didn’t have to be separated their first year in a new environment. Shannon Joiner said that she would have no problem putting her kids in different classes if they clung to each other too much or if there were any other complications.
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