2001-09-15 / Letters

BCHS Records Mystery Dear Editor:

BCHS Records Mystery
Dear Editor:

I am in receipt of a letter, mailed from the home of an employee of Beach Channel High School, to my son. The letter references a request that his student records be sent to a college in Nassau County as soon as possible as he is transferring there from another college.

Frankly, I have to say I am a bit perplexed by this letter. First of all, I do not understand why it is not a letter from BCHS on BCHS letterhead. Rather, it is the same letter that was sent requesting the records be sent, with a handwritten note on it in light blue ink, mailed from someone’s home! The note says the following: "Unable to find a file on you or card that you even attended. Come up in Sept. Will search further." No signature follows the note.

First of all, let me state that this is the second time we are requesting the records. The first request was made while summer school was still in session, before his transfer application to the Nassau College was due. That original request was returned to us, along with a note saying we had to resend the request with a money order for $4 to pay for the transcript.

So, we resent the records request, along with the $4 m.o. weeks ago. Today, we received this ridiculous note, a full month after the original request and several weeks past the application deadline for the Nassau College.

…What the heck is going on at BCHS?

All three of my children received absent notes for years although they were attending other schools, both in and out of N.Y.S. I personally know several other people who received such notices for months or years when their children had never attended the school. These notices were often accompanied by irritating attendance office telephone calls which, when answered gave an electronic woman’s voice stating the dates of the student’s absence.

…What I find amazing is that it has gone on for nearly ten years.

Two of my children did finally attend BCHS, as upperclassmen. But they had to go through hell just trying to attend this circus of an educational institution. They dealt with everything from teachers operating in total dissociative states or nearing nervous breakdown levels trying to cope and get one year closer to retirement to violent episodes between students (with a student nearly losing his ear in a knife wielding incident). I witnessed large groups of students cutting on a daily basis, unable or unwilling to deal with the stress of the zoo-like atmosphere at BCHS.

…Some of those students made it to graduation, many did not. Paul Palmisano and the alternative school in Ft. Tilden rescued one of my sons. That one room school has single-handedly save the educational futures of countless boys in the Rockaway, Roxbury and Rockaway Point areas.

One of my kids actually graduated from BCHS, class of 2000. What was interesting was he received second honors for senior year, a full six months after he graduated.

Don’t you think that information, had it been included on his student transcripts, might have helped when he was applying for college? Who cares about second honors six months after graduation, when educational decisions have already been made?

Now, we are being told that there is no record that he ever attended BCHS and to come up in September, so we can search further!

…To wait until September is to forfeit the fall semester at the transferring college…

I sent a new letter saying I would very much appreciate it if someone would get their act together and find my son’s records. Since this request is now over a month old, I am hopeful that we will receive a response.

We requested these records as soon as the decision to transfer was made, during July when there was a clerical staff working at BCHS, in order that they might be received in time for the fall semester deadline, which has now passed. I again requested these records so that my son’s education can continue during this millennium. I eagerly await their response.


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