August 10, 2013
Lago Vista Elementary -Positives: The school itself is very well kept, nice grounds & cheerful use of space, safe, clean & nicely located. The teachers are ok, not exceptional, but ok & available for input. The principal is great, involved, etc, & takes bullying seriously. Negatives: They teach to the Starr to the point that it makes both the teachers & students extremely nervous throughout the year. The school policy of taking away recess time if a student doesn't finish their classroom work, or any other breakage of rules is a ridiculous & harmful policy. It happens a lot, leaving children without an outdoor fresh air, sunshine, & spreading of their wings. Punishment for not doing their work fast enough is NOT motivational, it only makes the kids resent their teacher & be excluded with a much needed academic break & time with friends. It also is unhealthy in the winter especially, as without fresh air & sun it stifles kids, & I do believe they get sicker with higher frequency because of that policy. Another policy other than taking away recess for the slightest infraction should be pursued.
- submitted by a parent