I said I'd post updates here on a monthly basis - the ongoing saga of those of us displaced by a school closing this year.
...I think I missed last month's. Sorry, all.
I'm in the midst of figuring out where my 3 kids will be attending school. As the oldest is now 13, he gets to have some say in where he's going next year. More so than his sibs, anyhow. And he has some pertinent questions, such as "How strict is the dress code going to be?" "Will I be able to take the 10th grade math class I'm going to need, even though I'll be in 8th grade?" "What does it mean, the names 'traditional' and 'alternative'?" "How am I going to get to school from my Dad's house, if there's no bussing? He lives across the city from here."
The juggling of working full-time so we can scrape by financially with kid schedules, school event schedules, and family meetings (all the kids, me, my spouse, and my ex) to keep us all on the same page is taking a lot more energy than I'd realized...as I'm realizing now, attempting to add in yet another item: that of getting the kids enrolled for school for this next year. See, I thought I had that taken care of for their whole schooling - with the possible exception of them deciding they wanted to attend a different high school. Now, with the only K-12 closing, I'm still scrambling, alternating with reeling as it hits me again, and there is much querying within the school's community as to what's going to work best for each of our kids. We've all kind of hunkered down and are doing the best we can for our own individual families. And that makes me extremely sad, especially as life keeps going on and MGJ keeps coming up with more and more things that appear to be solely for making life difficult for the parents of SPS students.
Bitter? Yes, I think I am. I'm generally keeping my chin up as best as possible...moving forward, etc...and today, with working late, and reading about the Board meeting, etc, I'm bitter again.
I'm tired, and looking forward to this whole thing being over. And as I told my kids the other day, if they start school in the fall and hate where they've gotten placed, we'll start doing the "transfer to another school" process as needed.
My personal best wishes to all others going through the same morass of chaos.