10.06.2009

Early Dismissal

I have extremely mixed feelings on early dismissals. On the one hand, I totally appreciate that parents need time to make doctor's appointments and such - and that the schools don't want you doing those things on "their" time. Early dismissals are planned (about once a month, it seems) so that things that need to happen during "normal" school hours don't interfere with learning. Fair enough.

Except that workplaces don't offer early dismissals. And schools that siblings attend don't necessarily offer early dismissal. So, as parents, we're often left scrambling to arrange pick up and alternate child care and the like.

Tomorrow's early dismissal, like most, happens at 12:24 p.m. That's three hours earlier than normal. To accommodate the early dismissal, lunches are moved up. That means that, tomorrow, my youngest daughter eats lunch at 10:00 a.m. No, that's not a typo. It's not lunch, it's brunch.

The whole day is out of whack as a result. What I can't figure is why they don't combine more early dismissals into a full day out. Quite frankly, it's easier to manage a day out of school than a half day. At least for working parents.

(And no, this is not your cue to start screeching about how stay at home parents work, too. That's not what I mean. I mean that early dismissal can be disproportionately difficult for parents who have to arrange for alternate childcare during work hours, when they are not normally at home.)

But it is what it is. And so, tomorrow, I have to make arrangements for early dismissal. Wonderful.

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