In my conversations with one of our administrators today, he mentioned how it's been difficult to see, over the years, that many teachers have stopped volunteering for things. He mentioned that back in the day, everyone was jumping on board, helping out with clubs and groups, and getting the job done. Now...it's more similar to pulling teeth to get people to even consider working outside the 7am-3pm shift. Of course there's many teachers that do go above and beyond...but evidently not as many as there used to be. From my experience, there's not nearly a major that attend student events or promote student functions. Why is that?
While there's likely a dozen reasons, one point that was made is the current red-tape that surrounds anything school related. It's now no longer possible for a group of parents and outside volunteers to simply enter a school building or attend a school function; they must now go through a rigorous approval process by the state and the board to work themselves on to an "approved contact list". Teachers, while already put through the process to get their jobs, are faced with similar obstacles...often wanting to avoid the unnecessary hassle of volunteering as the liability would be placed on them. Why risk getting in trouble for the actions of one or two students at an extra-curricular function when you could just stay safe in your own bubble?
Are there reasons for the red tape? Sure. The news is full of stories calling for more protection for students...which of course is a noble cause. I do wonder however if the letter of the laws is choking out some of the spirit of the schools.