On the fourth Thursday of each April, around 37 million Americans at over 3.5 million workplaces participate in Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, according to Forbes.com. But for some kids, they go to school with their parents every day, and some even have the chance to interact with their parents at their jobs.
It is not very often that a student has consistent interaction with their parent at their place of work, but many OOHS employees and students face this challenge. This set-up can be difficult to navigate, but also has advantages for both the student and their parent.
Main office secretary Julie Priest has worked at the high school since the building opened in August 2008. At that time her oldest daughter, Morgan, was a freshman. Morgan was a member of the class of 2012, her second daughter Allison graduated with the class of 2014, and her youngest daughter, Katie, is currently a senior.
Spanish teacher Angie Jackson has been working for OLSD for 20 years and has worked here for two years. She taught her oldest son Brady who graduated in 2015 when he was in eighth grade for Spanish 1. She also taught her other son, Cole, a current junior, last year in Spanish 3.
“I don’t mind my mom working at my school because I know she loves her job,” senior Katie Priest said.
This situation can create difficulties for both the parent and student, but since Mrs. Priest is not a teacher, the mother and d
aughter have managed to avoid any conflict concerning policy. Angie Jackson, having taught her kids knows a couple of disadvantages.
“The biggest challenge when teaching my children, especially when they are in my classroom, is not to embarrass them. I try not to talk about them, but I just can't help sharing stories about my children,” Angie Jackson said.
Because a parent is nearby if a student needs them, students are relieved of many issues they may face, such as needing money or a signature for a class. They can drive to school together to save gas, or even have their lunch kept in a staff refrigerator or heated up in a staff microwave.
“During wrestling season when I’m cutting weight, my mom warms up my lunches for me and has it ready for my lunch period,” Cole Jackson said.
Overall being able to participate in bring one’s kid to work day everyday doesn’t seem too bad. In OLSD there are no specific policies regarding this situation.
“While going to various sporting events that my daughters have been in I have been able to support the school at the same time. In addition, it is fun to go to and support other school events whether it be sporting events or events being put on by our visual or performing arts departments and know a lot of the kids involved,” Julie Priest said.