So far, having my daughter start kindergarten has been an endless saga of drama. Not necessarily by the school mind you, but our situation has really put a damper on the beginning days of school. It has been less than two weeks, and a full week of my life has been embroiled in bus drama, daycare drama, and my 5yo daughter in unsafe situations…
While I am sure it isn’t unique – it is our first time dealing with anything like this, so we are pretty keen on it not needing to be this difficult… but it is…. I work starting at 6:30am everyday. Emma’s bus comes at 6:57am every day. This is a huge problem as I cannot be 30 minutes late every day. So we need a different way to get Emma on the bus….
Enter the daycare… The daycare puts kids on the bus for a small fee. There are two buses that run, and Emma’s is the first bus at 6:43am. The second bus runs after 7am and goes to different schools. So I entrusted my child to the daycare and paid them to put her safely on HER OWN BUS at 6:43am each school day… Well this did not happen, and the school soon started calling me asking what was happening with Emma and getting on the school bus. I had no idea and called the daycare. Long story short, the daycare found it too inconvenient to pay someone to be there before 7am to get Emma on her bus so put Emma on the other bus that went to the school she DOES NOT go to…
To say that I am PISSED is an understatement. Many phone calls later, I and the school find an alternate bus stop near my work that will make me only 5-10 minutes late for work. I approach my boss with the issue, and she says that is okay. We approach my co-workers with the issue, and they agree they can manage that 5-10 minutes. Longest story ever cut short is I have an amazing crew of people I work with and for plus I work for an amazing company!!
We are on day TWO of this new schedule / solution … whatever. It seems to be working so far. We actually haven’t had any issues with it!! I have been about 10-15 minutes late to work each day though which everyone seems to be okay with at this point.
I am violently upset that a professional institution (the daycare) would take my money and put my child in an at-risk situation – sending her where she is not supposed to go and where no one knew she was going. She’s FIVE! I had many choice words for them and still am using many of them as the wound is quite fresh. This is the 2nd daycare that has let me down in the care of my child. It is NOT a good feeling as a parent!!
Despite the badmouthing of the daycare by the school (very unprofessional), I am impressed with how determined the school was in helping me find a workable solution to the problem Emma and I faced. I am also impressed at their care of Emma when she was lost at other schools because the daycare put her on the wrong bus. They kept her safe, found out who she was and where she belonged, and they got her to her class and teacher safe with zero stress on her. Emma literally has no clue that things got F*d up with the buses – she just thought it was fun! So props to the school for sure!
I certainly am worse for the wear – the stress has taken a week of my life and just thrown it to the wind. I learned who to trust and not trust in all this, and I am very wary about the daycare now. I will definitely trust what Emma says over what anyone at the daycare says at this point. The daycare has proven to be vastly untrustworthy. They are, sadly, the only daycare in town open on the weekends at the time I need to be able to work. That pisses me off too btw. I definitely feel stuck – both in the daycare situation as well as in the bus stop situation.
Being a single parent of a young school-age child is rough y’all. Really really rough.