Background: I am at a small 2A school and we have 8th - 12th in the high school band. Band is required for grades 5 - 7 because of master schedule limitations of a small school. I usually year to year retain at least 60% of incoming 8th graders when it is time for them to have an option to choose. I expect loss but here comes the issue...
Issue: I have a small group of boys that are what a parent told me 'bullying' kids to drop band. Apparently these kids when up to another students mom recently and asked her why she wont let her son out of band. Now this kid that is her son is ALL about band. I have just recently received a list of students signed up for band and found that out of the class of 46 that only 12 have signed up with band. My fear is that the number will continue to dwindle with the potential 'bullying' to get out of band going on.
Facts: Students do not have access to their school emails due to updates and resetting of passwords. I do not have a remind set up with them because most of our kids do not have access to cellular phones (I know crazy).
Advice: What do I do to combat this at home, with limited communication. Do I call every students parents and ask them to have a conversation with their kid without influence to determine if they made their decision on their own or if they were 'bullied' into making it? I have gotten better about not being offended with students not continuing. I was okay with what the school provided me until I spoke on the phone today with a parent that told me this disturbing news. As being a person that was bullied to do things I didn't want to do because I was young and impressionable, I can't sit back and let this unfold because I would never want another person to go through what I went through. However I will take your advice and not let my emotions rule my reaction. So...help please!!