May 30, 2015
Overall, Garfield is a horrible school. The teachers threaten their students with having their parents reported to social services for yawning in class. Teacher tells her students, they suck at reading. Students have been told to not tell their parents about the threats against them. Staff and teachers do not speak or give respect to students. Students are always approached by screaming teachers and staff. That school has a high rate in bullying, the staff and teachers are the #1 bullies. They made the students believe that's ok because they're the adults. Students bully each other and teachers tell the students being bullied to stop being "tattle tell". The children do not feel safe at Garfield. The school's very neglected, restrooms are dirty and unsafe, no supervision near by. Majority of the water fountains don't work and they don't have a/c or heating units. A/C should be priority if they expect the students to learn. The principal Ms. Alvares looked like she was making many changes when she came to Garfield, but many of us parents have realized that the one that was making alot of good changes for Garfield students was VIPS parent Jessica Alvarez. (She knew who to go to to get us the food bank from target, donated bikes for the children, along with many other things) Ms. J. Alvarez was very involved in motivating the students to come to learn and getting more parents involved in school events, volunteering and council meetings. Ever since she's gone, the school is going back to being the worst school in the LBUSD, and many of the parents that are VIPS are being kept from volunteeering after they'd complained about a teacher or staff. There's too much descrimination at Garfield, avoided by all means possible.
- submitted by a parent