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Allowing disruptive students in extracurricular activities...
Old 09-15-2019, 03:22 PM
 
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I'm the assistant director and pianist for the musicals at my school. For the Elementary shows (3rd and 4th graders), we are not allowed to make cuts: every child gets in. So we end up with a cast of 75-100 kids, and there are 3 faculty members involved.

Every year, there are kids auditioning for the show who are horribly behaved in school. And, it goes without saying, that they are also horribly behaved during rehearsals. They are disrespectful, disruptive, defiant, and sometimes aggressive toward other children. Sometimes these are kids who are in special ed classes during the day, a 6:1:1 environment with lots of adult support. And now, they're in this environment that is overstimulating for them, and they can not behave. It's beyond their control.

But administration says that we cannot exclude them. Nor will they give us any extra support! The parents of these children are usually equally difficult, so it doesn't help to enlist their support.

Does anyone have similar experiences? Possible solutions? We are considering a code of conduct contract to be signed by the students and the parents, maybe resulting in a "three strikes and you're out" policy. But we're pretty sure that the administration will not allow it. It's so frustrating.


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