I am so frustrated and annoyed right now! Where we live, we are zoned for School A, but since my oldest (now 8) started Kindergarted, he has been going to School B, because that's where we were zoned when he started school. He's had some behavioral issues, and we've worked very hard with the teachers and staff at School B to find ways to help him stay focused. He will be in 3rd grade. My youngest will be starting Kindergarten this year, so I went to the district and put in two transfer requests, in hopes that both boys would be allowed to go to School B. No such luck. They have to go to School A. So I got them registered on Tuesday and asked about the after-school care program that's offered through our city parks and rec department. The lady at the school told me to contact the parks and rec dept. I called today and I was informed that the program at that school is full and she "has nothing to offer me". She tells me that they did all their registrations on "Registration Day", which I didn't go to because I was waiting to hear back from the district regarding the transfer requests. She was very rude, and in essence, scolded me for not registering my kids on registration day (which is not required - you are allowed to register your students at any point before school starts and after registration has opened for the district by going to the school at which your children will attend).
There is 1 daycare center in our town that I would trust to care for my kids after school, but they don't offer transportation, and I refuse to allow my kids to ride a school bus. I feel kids learn too much too soon when they're surrounded by kids older than them and from different circumstances without supervision.
The family that I have in-town works, so they would be unable to pick up the boys. My in-laws live 13 miles outside the city limits, and a) I don't think they would be willing to drive that far every day, and b) I wouldn't feel comfortable asking them to do that anyway. My grandparents are aging rapidly - my gpa just had major abdominal surgery, and my gma is caring for him and my disabled mother, as well as "babysitting" my 31 year old brother, so asking her to drive to town every day to get them is out of the question.
That leaves my only option as asking my boss to allow me to leave work at 3:45 every day instead of 4, and hoping that the school doesn't get mad at me for picking the boys up at 4 everyday.
I'm beyond frustrated - if you're going to offer after school care, shouldn't you make every effort to accommodate any family that needs it? And when it's fully, shouldn't you offer a list of other places that offer after school care, so that those of us who missed out on it have some other options available to us?
No real point to this, except that I'm just plain pissed off about the whole situation. Thanks for reading. You ladies are awesome!
TL;DR - the after school care program at my kids school is full, the lady was rude about it, and I don't have anyone else to watch them so now I'll have to leave work early every day and hope the school and my boss don't get made at me.
DS #1 born 8/3/06, DS #2 born 10/2/08
TTC since 8/13 BFP 11/27/13, EDD: 8/3/14
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