scouts-l Mail Archive for April of 2000: When do school dates change?
Mon Apr 03 2000 - 14:37:26 CDT
Just to provide you with a touch of the stangeness of life:
>Seriously, when does a school's Christmas vacation change? Or the last day
>of school unless there was a significant amount of snowfall
In my third year as a SM I had it down, or so I thought. We had to work with
three school districts and something like six private schools, but all were
used to me and my name and were willing to provide calendars and such by that
point. And we planned to go to Philmont.
Checked the handy dandy next year's listings they provided, went by the last
day of school, etc., and picked a date early in the summer when we registered
so that the oldest kids wouldn't wind up choosing between attending College
Orientation or making the trip.
Problem is one school district went from listing the last day on their
calendar from the actual absolute last, drop-dead date if all snow days were
used to the last day of school before any snow days were used. Only a few
possible day's difference, but....
That winter I had a compact car I literally had to shovel the snow off the
roof of to find the edges to dig it out. Twice (fortunately once it was a
weekend). The one school district that had changed things STILL had not told
me what they had done, and since they were a small district they were looked
at as a minor blip, losing a day to snow mainly because the teachers couldn't
get there, not the kids.
Of course, it was my own son's school, and my wife didn't even catch on until
she started flipping through the final school calendar after Christmas. I
wound up sending a note to the principal and getting no response.
It was obvious my son would miss a couple days of school by the time we were
done, and there was nothing I could do to change anything. No leeway built in
the schedule, nothing.
Finally, while attending something else, I overheard said school official
complaining to someone about "people whose fathers and fathers-in-law who are
teachers but that do something stupid that means their kid has to leave
school earlier than the last day when it was plainly printed for anyone to
read". After years in that district I knew there was only one person who fit
that description: me.
I went over his head with the calendar from the year before and the current
ne, showed the boss the reason I screwed up, and told them they couldn't stop
me from taking the kid from school. Also regaled them with how the son and
son-in-law of a teacher knows danged well the last day was only an hour long
and the day before would be a total waste of educational time. And they
didn't even try to stop us. In fact, they didn't do anything to upset his
life and I never heard about it again.
Of course, sending to the principal a postcard EVERY DAY, even from the
trail, explaining exactly why this was a better learning experience than the
last day or day and an hour of class, probably did part of that.