Hey Readers — You may recall this drdsskzrst
post from two weeks ago about playground equipment purchased by a Fairfax, VA, PTA from a reputable manufacturer that was installed at a local grammar school over the summer and then suddenly declared “unsafe.” Since Nov. 30 it had been wrapped up in tape of every sort — yellow crime tape and red metaphorical tape — even though the very same piece of equipment can be found in over 1,000 other playgrounds nationally, and it meets all national and even some international safety standards.
A dispute over a Fairfax County elementary school playground structure has been resolved after a school district official announced Wednesday that the equipment would no longer be off-limits to students.
The decision by Jeffrey Platenberg, assistant superintendent for facilities, means students atÂ Stratford Landing Elementary SchoolÂ soon will be able to use the apparatus during recess. Platenbergâ€™s decisionreversed an administration ruling requiring the removal of the $35,000 structureÂ that had been purchased with funds raised by the schoolâ€™s Parent Teacher Association.
Hooray and let the fun begin…once a slight modification is made to one part of the structure — the razor wire climbing bar at the top. (Nahhh. Actually, some spinning thing up there.)
I can’t help but think that the outcry created by The Washington Post and echoed throughout the blogosphere had something to do with the reversal. At least, I like to think that. Because I sure love aiding and abetting common sense. – L.
Come hither, kids!