I have come to vent a little bit to you all. It's not about retail persay, but still been treated like crap over the whole thing. And there is some sort of "customer" interaction, even though I am not buying anything.
So what has me all flustered and frustrated?
My son's school. He just started kindergarten, and since for pre-school he went to the daycare that did half day preschool other half daycare, this is my first time dealing with a public school as a parent. As a child, I went to a different public school in a different town, so this is my first time dealing with this town's public school system.
My issue is with the way the kids are brought to school and before they go into their classrooms. Parents aren't allowed into the building most of the time, so we are forced to bring our children to line up outside. This wouldn't be a problem if it weren't for several reasons.
There is no adult supervision. Sure, some parents, like myself, may stay until the kids have gone in, but what little kid in their right mind is going to listen to a stranger? Kids start lining up around 8:40 and are forced to stay outside, with zero shade, until 9:05. And that's if their teachers come out right away to collect them. Usually about 3-5 parents there and the school is K-5th grade, with multiple classes of each grade. 24 students in my son's class alone. It's very overwhelming to make sure no one is killing anyone...and is that really my responsibility?
I have seen basketballs thrown at other kids' heads. Pebbles, rocks, SCISSORS. I have tried stopping as much as I can, but seriously, some of these kids are pretty big and mean. I get alot of "You're not my mom or teacher, so shove off." I have tried talking to teachers about it, and just get the reply they will take care of it, and the next day they are at it again.
Not only do they throw things, but they hit, punch, and shove each other. My son's line is right in between a 2nd grade and a 3rd grade class. So all these kids are looming over my son, who is kind of tall for his age, but not by much. I turned around once to pick up the baby's blanket, and when I turned back around my son had a bloody lip. Turns out the hit wasn't directed for him, but he got in the cross fire and was the one that ended up hurt. Talked to the teacher, but because my son couldn't point out which kid did it for sure, nothing was done. And still no teacher supervision!
I have tried talking to the school principal, but each time I get a lame, half ass excuse like "He isn't in yet today." I have tried 3 different times, and school has only been in session since 8/20. My mom has told me to go higher up in the school board, but the thing is...the school district hasn't released any information on who is who and their contact details. I try calling the main office and get told to talk to the principal of the school. It's like...what am I suppose to do? Get the media involved? Wait for a kid to get seriously injured or run off and get lost? (Nearly happened yesterday with one of my son's classmates, but I chased him down and returned him to the line.)
Hasn't rained yet while they are all standing out there, thankfully. Though I am sure the next day half the kids will be out sick cause of it. And soooo looking forward to winter with all the snow. Maybe I will move before then and switch schools...