A public school in Connecticut is asking parents of incoming kindergarten students to answer a question pertaining to whether the child was born as the result of a cesarian birth or vaginally.
The school in question is Aiken Elementary, in the town of West Hartford. The school placed the question under the section of “birth history” on its kindergarten enrollment form, writes Eric Owens for The Daily Caller.
The form is meant to offer educators important information pertaining to keeping students safe and productive while in the school environment. However, parents are complaining that some of the questions on the form were a little too personal.
“Were there any problems with your pregnancy?” the purplish form demands to know. “If YES, describe,” it then commands.
The form goes on to ask about birth weight, if the child was born prematurely, and what type of birthing process the child was born as a result of. Additional questions pertaining to the child’s birth are also included, such as:
“Were there any problems at the time of birth or in the next week?” the form asks. And then: “Did your child come home from the hospital with you?”
Cara Paiuk, the mother who contacted the local media after noticing the questions, has a son who is enrolling as a kindergartener in the school this fall. She told reporters for WFSB that there was no logical reason for the school to be asking these questions, and that she did not believe the answers were any of their business.
When Paiuk asked school officials for reasons as to why they needed such information, she said the school nurse answered her question.
“She basically explained — in not so many words — really they’re looking for any birth trauma that might have happened… but as most of us know, birth trauma can happen by C-section or vaginal birth, so it still did not click with me,” Paiuk told the CBS affiliate.
Paiuk added that the officials told her the question had been on the kindergarten form for multiple years. However, when she asked to see a form from a previous year, going so far as to cite the Freedom of Information Act, she was refused.
Nancy DePalma, the school district assistant superintendent for curriculum, responded by saying that school officials would be looking over the questions and could possibly change them in an effort to make them “more meaningful and efficient.”