So, um, I guess yesterday’s post hit a nerve…?
I want to reply to a few comments. First, as I wrote yesterday, there are certain situations in which we feel we do need to pull our kids from school, even if they aren’t sick. Thus far, unsafe driving conditions tops the list. However, of course major religious holidays or giant family reunions would qualify. Pulling our kid for Great-Grandma’s 97th birthday party is a far cry from booking a cruise during January because we could get cheaper rates.
And, of course, every family has to decide what constitutes a good reason for itself.
The most interesting comments to me, however, were those who said that they felt people had gotten more, not less, diligent about keeping kids in school. Those who commented said that our generation was pulled for all sorts of halfassed reasons, while we as parents are now much less likely to pull our own kids. What I find fascinating is that people assumed I was comparing now to one generation ago.
I was actually trying to say that our grandparents were much less likely to keep their kids home from school for flimsy excuses than we are. I am betting mine sent their kids unless they were oozing green puss from their hair follicles. All my grandparents were immigrants. School was their kids’ ticket into mainstream America. I suspect that they would have pulled their kids if they needed them to work and bring in an income, but they sure as hell weren’t keeping them home from third grade just for the hell of it.
That said, our district is scheduling early dismissals for the two makeup days during school break. Given that we have half-day kindergarten, each day will consist of less than two hours of school. Although I hate to send the message that school is unimportant, the district seems to be sending the message to us that it’s cool if we don’t send them those two days.
So, I’m not sure what we’ll do. If we have another snow day and end up with three days of school that week, we’ll definitely stay here and send him. If not, we’ll weigh the pros and cons.
But, I think our district really oughta think about building another couple of snow days into the calendar. We live in NEW JERSEY, for heaven’s sake.