Sunday, September 14, 2014

School Frustrations

I just don't get why the School administration has to be so controlling and not only that a bit sassy about it.

I understand rules and the meaning of rules and why they can't be broken....Wait maybe I don't.

When there is a rule or policy in place that doesn't make sense in certain situations why can't we ignore it?

Last year I took Jamie out of school at 2:45 every other Monday for her meeting with her counselor.


This year I showed up on the Monday at 2:45 and they refused to get her for me. Citing the policy of you can't get your kids between 2:30 and 3pm for whatever reason because it upsets the schools' transitioning of the students. There is a new principal who took it upon herself to tell me this loudly and clearly in front of administration and other parents. There. Will. Be. No. Exceptions. It's. Policy.

So she was late. And now I have to pick her up at 2:25 for her 3pm appointment even though the facility is less than 5 minutes from the school.

I think that is just crazy. She will now miss her RTI time for math. RTI is help from the teacher for kids who struggle with the subject as my daughter does.

The other option is to take her out of school at 1:45 for a 2Pm appointment (Or any other hour of the day) Then she will lose out on one and a half hours of instruction. Instead of 15 minutes.

I just think if it benefits the student it benefits the school.

They also quit offering 'drop in ' aftercare. Without telling us at the orientation nor did they send home a note or any kind of notice.

So the second week of school Jamie had a rehearsal for the school's troupe of dance. It was on a Tuesday at 4pm so she would need transition time and care. I came into the office that morning to pay for that day's care. I was met with rejection. Nope, we don't do that anymore. And here is a sheet of punishing rates for being late to pick up your child.

Late 10 minutes? $10 Late twenty minutes $15. Late 40 minutes $20, and so on. I think if you get there at 5:30 its like $65 for the late fee.

Now come on. Things happen. Parents have a stressful enough life trying to work and provide and make sure your child has everything they need. WTH.

Oh and also if you are late dropping your child off...You now have to walk them in and sign them in at the desk for them to get a pass. And if you dare to not do that they call you on the phone and admonish you. And yes that is what they do.

Last week I got Jamie to school late one day. They called me that day...- oh crap Jamie's school is on the phone, what happened to her?! And they admonished me. Told me if I was late again I had to come in to get her pass. Then two days later they called and admonished me again!? For the same late drop off. WTH? I said "You already called and admonished me for that on the day we were late" Staff, "Admonished you?" Me, "Yes, Admonished me. Isn't this what this is? Look I know it isn't your fault, you are just doing what you are told, but I am telling you that this smacks of authority or administration vs the parent"

Shouldn't we all be on the same team? To get our kids the best education they can get?

That is all.

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