A Connecticut mom was stunned when she came across a question on her son’s kindergarten application asking her if she had a C-section.
Cara Paiuk, of West Hartford, said her son was excited to start kindergarten at Aiken Elementary School this fall.
“As a first time child going into the public school system, there was a parent orientation meeting,” Paiuk told WFSB, adding that she didn’t know what to expect.
She was handed a mandatory application form and came across a question asking her if she delivered her son through a C-section. Paiuk left it blank.
“There's so many different questions you could ask, and it isn't anyone's business, and it has no relevance,” Paiuk explained. “I was stunned to see this form, and I couldn't understand the relevance of it.”
Paiuk demanded an explanation. She asked the head nurse why the school needed to know such personal information.
“She basically explained -- in not so many words -- really they're looking for any birth trauma that might have happened … but as most of us know, birth trauma can happen by C-section or vaginal birth, so it still did not click with me,” Paiuk said.
Paiuk was told that the question had been on the form for years. She requested to see the old forms under the Freedom of Information Act, but was denied.
“Most parents I've spoken to are outraged ... and they are almost outraged at themselves, like, did I fill that, did I not even question it? Am I filling out forms blindly,” Paiuk said.
Nancy DePalma, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum in West Hartford, said the district will reevaluate the questions on the form and see what changes can be made to make the questions “more meaningful and efficient.”
“I think they need to be reviewed and updated because everything changes ... the world changes, children change, education changes,” Paiuk added.
The story was shared on Facebook and most people seemed to agree with Paiuk.
“This is crossing the line,” wrote Jennifer Palasek Favara. “I’ve taught kindergarten; this is not necessary. Such information could be discussed with parents as needed if concerns arise.”
Another user gave the school some credit, but admitted they could have done better.
“They’re trying to prescreen for potential development problems,” wrote Shannon Tipton Hayes. “Good intentions, poor execution.”
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