Sunday, July 30, 2006

Schools, Bureaucracy and Kid's Jobs

The Sacramento Bee's, Dan Weintraub, documents his efforts to get his son a work permit through the bureaucracy of his son's school district. Anyone have similar experiences around here?

I've heard vague references to kids needing some kind of permission from their school to get a job. I could see it if the employment took place during normal school hours, but during the summer? Do they require that up here?


At 10:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's really remarkably easy up here. you fill out the form and the kid has to have a physical/doctor's sign off. It is good for a year, and if a film crew is up here filming a movie and needs extras, your kid can work as an extra.

At 10:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Most children won't amount to much anyway. send them to china to work in the factories.

At 11:15 AM, Blogger Fred said...

10:17 wrote: "It's really remarkably easy up here. you fill out the form and the kid has to have a physical/doctor's sign off.".

So, the schools do this? Why is it the responsibility of the school to make sure a doctor approves him taking on a job? I could see some school involvement if a kid was taking a job that might conflict with his school hours, but this seems to go beyond that.

At least it's fairly easy here, although it might cost you some for the doctor sign off.

At 9:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i don't think the school's 'do this' necessarily, they just have the forms, or you can get them through the labor board. in my experience, the school's never had any role other than giving out the form.

and yeah, it usually does cost for a doctor visit, but not always.

At 8:51 PM, Blogger Jennifer Savage said...

The school's role exists, in theory, to make sure that a student's job does not interfere with classes, which is why the school has to sign off on work permits for anyone under 18 who is still attending school. Some schools require a certain GPA to be maintained. Some schools stipulate that a student may not work on a day that the student has missed classes. I'm not sure where the line between state and local lies, but a kid can't work without the school's OK – but that's usually a rubber-stamp issue anyway, from what I've heard. It's kind of a moot point, given the challenges of finding a job in Arcata if you're a teenager...


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