The staff all protect each other and their negative behavior goes unpunished. They ignore clear guidelines listed by our state for how to handle behavioral problems and make changes to my 504 plan without even discussing it with me
My son reports to me that he has been urinating at school in the drinking fountain and at recess and at the bus and the school refuses to act. When he wrote an apology note to admit this after initially lying to the guidance counselor, the guidance counselor told him he was "venomous" but he was still not punished and continues to pee everywhere. He is also bullied at recess and has come home multiple times with bruises reporting he was intentionally kicked in the face with balls playing soccer. There is NO accountability at this school
My oldest child has serious mental health and behavioral concerns. When he was in 1st grade he threatened other kids in the cafeteria saying he was going to "pull the fire alarm and kill his teacher and burn down the school". Not only did they not report this incident, they covered it up! I had to call 211 to get it documented myself and they did not punish my child, or even have the guidance counselor talk to him. They also did not bother to put this in his records and blamed this on him being "off of his meds" when in fact he was on MORE medication but was having it administered at home instead since they started lying and saying his behavior was improved when he started taking them at school
Even though this was not the case. This is NOT the district for you if your child has behavioral concerns or mental health issues
Both my children have gone to valley view my son is still there. They are 8 years apart and most of the teachers are still there when my daughter started there in 1st grade. They noticed right off the bat from coming from chester,ct that my daughter was not up to speed with the other children and started working with her right away. She was held back in 1st grade but she definitely needed it. Now she is at vinal tech doing awesome A's and B's in all of her acedemics and doing great in her shop. My son who is a 1st grader there also has speech issues and learning disabilities. Which was brought to one of the teachers attention at a meeting I was having for my daughter in middle school. She reached out to me and got my son proper help even before he started kindergarten there! So I believe them to be very on top of their kids and get to know them since it's such a small school/ community.. I like it here in portland and the schools! My daughter might have stayed at portland high but vinal seems more her pace with being hands on. But I think she got the cofidense and drive from coming to portland schools! It all started with valley view they never gave up on her and I see that with my son also. Thanks for reading!
To be totally, completely honest, yes, this is a great school if you don't expect much. These teachers watched my child struggle, did not push my child, and got very little attention. I have found for my other children that the Middletown school systems are far better.