I have finished my second day of school. I think I’m going to have a great class, and things are humming along well in my room.
I have some questions, so I’m going to throw them out to the cosmos just to see if any answers come back.
Why don’t children know how they are going home on the first day of school? Why don’t parents TELL THEM what to do if it rains and they walk home?
Why do we walk students to the intersection of a five lane highway and let them walk to the other side where their parents are standing? Why aren’t the parents crossing the busy highway to get their kids? We have a crossing guard, but parents wait safely on their side of the highway for their kindergarteners to cross.
Why are there three day care centers who charge parents to pick up their babies from school in the afternoon, but don’t arrive to get them until an HOUR after dismissal. This is further complicated by the fact that our duty day ends a HALF HOUR after dismissal. If any of us on bus duty wanted to file a grievance with the union, we could and would win. Fortunately for the kids, none of us would do that.
As you might guess, I have afternoon duty this week. It has also been in the 90s and either raining or threatening rain each day at dismissal. It is so humid, many of us had wet clothes by the time we finished and most of us had sweat pouring off us. Which means those babies waiting to be picked up were just as miserable. I know I’ve been really cranky by 4:00 over the past two days – I wonder how the little ones feel.