Our Primary School is making BIG changes -
Working Parents are Going to Struggle.
Our Primary School is making some BIG changes from September 2017 and us parents won't get a say in any of them. There will be new school start times, changing from our usual drop off time of 8:55am to a 'more open' time slot of anything between 8:45am and 9:00am where you'll no longer be able to accompany your child into the playground but instead you'll be expected to just send them off past the playground gates on their own, and I've heard this will apply to all, even including the new Reception kids after a week or so.
Our school set up a 'proposal' a few months back about refurbishing an old school building that sits around the corner from our current school which is no longer a 'proposal' but an actual reality. The plan is to extend the school making two of each classrooms for each year.
The building work has been going on for months and the building is still looking like it's never going to be ready in time. The school isn't telling us much but they did hold a meeting for the new Reception intake parents where they told them that only one small part of that building will in fact now be ready by September meaning that 3 classrooms, one of which my son will be going into will be surrounded by a working building site. I'm not sure how this is going to work but I for one am not a happy parent and will be worrying about my boy.
The biggest change of all that is really going to affect me and all the other working parents, is the huge decision they've made to close the school at 12:30pm every Friday from September. The school is saying they need this time to plan lessons to benefit our children but as a working parent what am I going to do with my children every Friday for half a day?
I could understand if this was happening to a Secondary school where children were old enough to walk themselves home but this is a Primary School we're taking about. With children aged 10 and under, how are they supposed to look after themselves if their parents work? The answer is that they can't, it's illegal for a young child that age to stay at home alone. So what are we supposed to do? It's hard enough to find a job these days without the risk of us losing that job because we can no longer work Fridays. I haven't told my boss about this yet but it's only a matter of time before I will have to and I'm pretty worried about the outcome. If I can't find someone else to look after my kids every Friday from September, I could potentially lose my job which would only be the start of more problems.
These plans are all no longer a 'proposal'. They're now actually happening so I need to think of a plan. Do I start looking at other schools in our local area and see if I can move them or will this be happening to all our schools eventually so there's no point wasting my time?
What would you do if you were me?