I really hate coordinating and juggling everyone's lives, but when you toss all the days and half days our children have off, it must be downright insane.
I'm saying this because my kids are off today for teacher in-service, they are off next Thursday for Veterans day, they have a late arrival on the 17th and then there is Thanksgiving weekend. My kids catch a bus a couple miles from my house, with only about 2 blocks of it covered by sidewalks. So I'm not being an over-protective parent, they really do need to be driven to the bus; although if I told them they had to walk two miles to get to school, I'm pretty sure they'd be missing the bus every day.
But my kids are 13 and 15, little kids can't be left alone to get themselves off to school on these late days or to stay home by themselves on the stay-home days.
I understand the teachers need time to get grading done, but I'm hoping they have most of it done by the time they hit one of these in-service days; after all, if you have 150 students, as the middle and high school level teachers have, you better have started your grading already. In fact, I can look up my daughters' grades at any time during the school year because it's all posted online, if the teachers are keeping up with it.
I'm not complaining about our teachers, I know they work hard, but quarters only happen every three months and my kids have at least one day and one half day a month. At least our district finally got rid of presidents' "week" and now it's only presidents' day and one extra day. For years it was a whole week, after they'd only been in school for seven weeks from Christmas break.
I also know some of the teachers I've talked to don't like in-service because they feel the administration doesn't actually give them the time to work on their own stuff, they are constantly giving them more rules and regulations to add to their lists.
I'm not sure if private schools have all these days off. I'm sure I'll hear from my sister as she teaches in a private school. But I just say to you parents who have to juggle your schedules with these extra days off, hats off to you!