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Should We Have a Crystal Ball?

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By sheer luck we found out this week that our school district's first day back to school will be August 28.  We were talking with the director of the before- and after-school childcare we selected for Macy and she just happen to mention that she heard school starts the 28th this year-and she noted that they were surprised because it's always been in September.

Mike and I left there and immediately turned to one-another and said "August 28?!"  The underlying question was really "when were they planning on telling us?"  It's mid-August already and we only had last-year's start date to go by which was the first week of September so we had no reason to think it would be anything drastically different. 

If you've read my earliest blog entries, you know that we had a similar experience stumbling across the registration timeline this past spring.  It's really quite frustrating.  School districts get to recognize that not all parents have returning children.  Some of us are rookies and we have no idea how to find this out.  Honestly, is it by word of mouth?  What business can successfully operate that way and why does out school district think it's acceptable for them not to inform parents well in advance of the start date?  Shouldn't they own their part of the responsibility here? If they weren't going to tell us, it would have been best to just say so in the first communication to parents-tell us to check the website, look for carrier pigeons, or to drive by the school and rattle the doors until we discover it's open.  This is just crazy.

We assumed they would send all kindergarten families a letter or notice in the mail or something.  Honestly, I'm not sure how we should have known to do anything differently.

Well now we "sort-of" know when school starts, but still no word from the District and it's two weeks before the start.  Interesting....

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