SCHOOL ANSWERING MACHINE

Old Oct 11th 2007, 10:23 am
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This is the message that apparently a Secondary School staff in the Midlands voted unanimously to record on their school telephone answering machine.

This is the actual answering machine message for the school.
It came about because they implemented a policy requiring students and parents to be responsible for their children's absences and missing homework.
The school and teachers are now being threatened with legal action by some parents who want their children's failing marks changed to passing marks - even though those children were absent 15-30 times during the term and did not complete enough schoolwork to pass their various key stages.

The message:

"Hello! You have reached the automated answering service of your school. In order to assist you in connecting to the right member of staff, please listen to all the options before making a selection:

* To lie about why your child is absent - Press 1
* To make excuses for why your child did not do his/her work - Press 2
* To complain about what we do - Press 3
* To swear at staff members - Press 4
* To ask why you didn't get information that was already enclosed in your Newsletter and several letters posted to you - Press 5
* If you want us to bring up your child - Press 6
* If you want to reach out and touch, slap or hit someone - Press 7
* To request another teacher, for the third time this year - Press 8
* To complain about bus transport - Press 9
* To complain about school lunches - Press 0

LASTLY:
* If you realize this is the real world and your child must be accountable and responsible for his/her own behaviour, class work, homework and that it's not the teachers' fault for your child's lack of effort: Hang up and have a really wonderful day
* If you want this in other languages, you must be in the wrong country. This is England.

mick
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Old Oct 11th 2007, 12:08 pm
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Originally Posted by mick123
This is the message that apparently a Secondary School staff in the Midlands voted unanimously to record on their school telephone answering machine.

This is the actual answering machine message for the school.
It came about because they implemented a policy requiring students and parents to be responsible for their children's absences and missing homework.
The school and teachers are now being threatened with legal action by some parents who want their children's failing marks changed to passing marks - even though those children were absent 15-30 times during the term and did not complete enough schoolwork to pass their various key stages.

The message:

"Hello! You have reached the automated answering service of your school. In order to assist you in connecting to the right member of staff, please listen to all the options before making a selection:

* To lie about why your child is absent - Press 1
* To make excuses for why your child did not do his/her work - Press 2
* To complain about what we do - Press 3
* To swear at staff members - Press 4
* To ask why you didn't get information that was already enclosed in your Newsletter and several letters posted to you - Press 5
* If you want us to bring up your child - Press 6
* If you want to reach out and touch, slap or hit someone - Press 7
* To request another teacher, for the third time this year - Press 8
* To complain about bus transport - Press 9
* To complain about school lunches - Press 0

LASTLY:
* If you realize this is the real world and your child must be accountable and responsible for his/her own behaviour, class work, homework and that it's not the teachers' fault for your child's lack of effort: Hang up and have a really wonderful day
* If you want this in other languages, you must be in the wrong country. This is England.

mick
I think its brilliant and how the bloody hell dare the parents even contemplate legal action.

Some parents amaze me they really do. When our neighbours kids were frequently sent home from school for being bitches/bullies/skivers, she would always say 'My kids are good kids and if they say they aint done it then I believe them'.

I had to laugh when I was in Africa, each house has at least one guard dog and electric fencing surrounding it.

One of my colleagues said 'If my kid was electrocuted or bitten by someones dog I would sue the house owner'

Even trying to explain that their 'lovely teen' shouldnt be in someone elses property didn't change her mind.

Unbelievable.
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Old Oct 11th 2007, 12:18 pm
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Like the message!!! Thank God for honesty, and for someone to finally get ballsy enough to tell parents to shape up!
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Old Oct 11th 2007, 12:49 pm
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Originally Posted by mick123
This is the message that apparently a Secondary School staff in the Midlands voted unanimously to record on their school telephone answering machine.

This is the actual answering machine message for the school.
It came about because they implemented a policy requiring students and parents to be responsible for their children's absences and missing homework.
The school and teachers are now being threatened with legal action by some parents who want their children's failing marks changed to passing marks - even though those children were absent 15-30 times during the term and did not complete enough schoolwork to pass their various key stages.

The message:

"Hello! You have reached the automated answering service of your school. In order to assist you in connecting to the right member of staff, please listen to all the options before making a selection:

* To lie about why your child is absent - Press 1
* To make excuses for why your child did not do his/her work - Press 2
* To complain about what we do - Press 3
* To swear at staff members - Press 4
* To ask why you didn't get information that was already enclosed in your Newsletter and several letters posted to you - Press 5
* If you want us to bring up your child - Press 6
* If you want to reach out and touch, slap or hit someone - Press 7
* To request another teacher, for the third time this year - Press 8
* To complain about bus transport - Press 9
* To complain about school lunches - Press 0

LASTLY:
* If you realize this is the real world and your child must be accountable and responsible for his/her own behaviour, class work, homework and that it's not the teachers' fault for your child's lack of effort: Hang up and have a really wonderful day
* If you want this in other languages, you must be in the wrong country. This is England.

mick

Should be put on every school ans.machine!
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Old Oct 11th 2007, 12:55 pm
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It's a pretty humourous message that's something we'd all like to do in some way or other when venting about certain people we have to deal with in our jobs or lives.

I assume that it wasn't really used because otherwise it would have been a big insult towards the majority of parents that work hard at respecting the school arrangements.
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Old Oct 11th 2007, 10:00 pm
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Did you get this from the same 'reliable ' source as your House of Commons BS post?
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Old Oct 12th 2007, 6:55 pm
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Originally Posted by Triboy
Did you get this from the same 'reliable ' source as your House of Commons BS post?

Yep

It is another one that has done the rounds many times.

Here is an American version:


http://www.snopes.com/humor/iftrue/palisades.asp

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Old Oct 13th 2007, 7:37 am
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Busted again Mick
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Old Oct 15th 2007, 12:16 am
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But it was on the internet, it must be true.
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But it was on the internet, it must be true.
Has it been in the Daily Mail? otherwise I'm just not going to believe it.
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