Jasmine, a teacher for toddlers, is scheduled to start her day in the
classroom at 6:30 a.m. On Monday, Jasmine arrived at 6:45, and on
Tuesday, she showed up at 7:05. Today, Jasmine appeared at 6:50.
Jasmine’s team-teacher is frazzled, and parents are tired of waiting to
talk with Jasmine. The director needs to finish a grant application, but
is distracted by having to fill in for Jasmine to cover teacher-student
ratios. As Jasmine breezes through the classroom door, she says, “Just
change my starting time to 7:00 a.m because I can get here by 7:00, no
The director responds, “Jasmine, arrive in time to be in the classroom
with the children at 6:30 a.m. If I bend the rules for you, I have to
bend them for everyone.” Jasmine is upset and begins complaining about
all the burdens of her personal life: battery trouble with her 1991
Chevy, a sick daughter, boyfriend problems, and worrying about her
mother with Alzheimer’s. Jasmine reminds the director how punctual she
was before her husband divorced her and she started feeling depressed.
What would you do as Jasmine’s director?
Referencing the specific decision-making strategies outlined in the
assigned reading, present a response to Jasmine’s situation of adhering
to the “letter of the law” and a response to Jasmine’s situation
adhering to the “spirit of the law.” Next, explain which you would use
from the perspective of the center director/Jasmine’s supervisor.
Include an evaluation of Jasmine’s situation from your assigned
interpretation of policy as well as an action plan for its