Karla had just moved to the city and
her eight-year-old son Gavin in a new school.
used to be a very active participant in
school community. She always volunteered in the classroom,
to Parent-Teacher Association meetings, and chaperone on class
. Karla wanted to do the same thing at
new school her son was attending. She felt
was a good example for Gavin, and it
her be more in tune with whatever was
on at the school.
The new school, however,
different rules. Karla couldn't just show up in
classroom and offer to help. She couldn't even
to chaperone on class trips. District regulations required
to be fingerprinted. The school district would then
a background check on Karla based on the
. The school district had very strict rules about
people with criminal convictions to volunteer in the
While it didn't cost Karla anything to get
, the fingerprinting office had very limited hours. She
couldn't just walk in when it was convenient
her. She had to make an appointment. The
office was also located very far from where
lived. She would have to take two buses
Karla also had to get a
test. The TB test was easy. It was
a little prick on her lower arm but
required another separate appointment at a separate location.
test didn't cost Karla anything, but again, the
where she had to go was far.
that the school district wants children to be
and healthy, but she also felt they were
it hard for parents.