Remember - the Blair gym towel fee was the public face of the curricular fee issue last fall.
We thought the fee had disappeared. Its in the MCPS policy. We cheered.
Oops, MCPS fooled us again.
The Blair towel fee is alive and well, and still on the Blair website. Its a new website from last year, so claims of the fee being old just doesn't cut it with this writer.
From the website as of 5 PM today (9/17/2009):
Physical Education at Blair Information
Due to the nature of physical education courses, there are some special policies, expectations, and items-of-note regarding Blair's physical education courses. If you or your child is enrolled in Blair P.E., please take a moment to examine the information below.
I. Mission —
Physical Education will provide an individualized, developmentally appropriate, and personally challenging instructional program that advances the student's knowledge, confidence, skills and motivation to engage in a lifelong, healthy, active lifestyle.
The benefits derived from the physical education program depend upon the amount of effort and positive attitude which a student displays. In order to provide for a variety of student needs and interests, the program is divided into two main components: General Physical Education and Specialized Physical Education.. . .
IV. To begin each semester, students will need to —
- pay a $4.00 towel fee,
- bring an appropriate change of clothing,
- bring appropriate athletic shoes,
- bring a water bottle,
- be issued a personal, Physical Education locker.
Its also still illegal, and now its contrary to MCPS policy too.
Wake up, Mr. Williams and the PE department. Stop charging the students.
Watch this space for additional developments. We hope you don't have to wait long for a resolution.
UPDATE 9/18/09 at 3:30 P.M.: Blair High School deleted Towel Fee from website.
Here is what the website used to look like:
And if you click this link you will see the revised webpage without the $4 towel fee.