I hate how early school starts

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Registered: 11-28-1999
I hate how early school starts
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Tue, 09-14-2010 - 9:24pm
This year DS is in 9th grade and school is starting (or at least the bus comes) one hour earlier than it did last year, so he gets the bus at about 6:50--the middle school was only 2 miles from home where the high school is about 6 miles so it's also a longer ride. Of course I have to help him get up--sometimes he wakes up but other times he sleeps right through a very loud alarm, so I go into his room to wake him. It's annoying cause I don't have to be up that early to go to work, so then I go back to lie down in bed but I can't really go back to sleep because I would get up around 7:00 anyway. At least he does get up now after one time of waking him--last year I might have to go in a few times before he would actually get out of bed. But I find that he's actually falling asleep on the couch while watching TV before dinner. I have come home from work a couple of times & found him asleep. I don't let him sleep cause then he wouldn't be able to go to bed at night. I remember not having to be in school til 8:15 when I was in high school--but it's because our town has to use the same buses over & over, so the schools start at consecutive times. I really dread it when it's going to be daylight savings time & dark in the a.m.

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Registered: 03-27-2005
Tue, 09-14-2010 - 9:37pm

First class here is 7:20 am.

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Registered: 04-17-2010
Tue, 09-14-2010 - 10:02pm
The high school bus comes at 0625, school starts at 0720 and they get home at 1430. They are the first ones to school and the first ones home.
The high schools start early so they will be home to watch their younger siblings. There are more single parent homes along with homes where both parents work compared to when we grew up.
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Registered: 01-06-2000
Tue, 09-14-2010 - 10:07pm

I think the fact that the older ones are home first is a lucky coincidence more than the reason for the schedule, in most cases.



I think the real reason the HS kids go first and get out first is so that there is time for sports events, after school practices, etc.

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Registered: 12-03-1999
Tue, 09-14-2010 - 11:11pm
Yours gets on the bus at 6:50. Mine STARTED CLASS at 7:05. We used to get up at 5:30! That was when I was skinny. I'd drop them at school at 6:50, get to the village rec center by 7, power walk and use the machines till 7:45, go home, shower, & be at work by 9. I loved it! Then I changed jobs, it took me a hour to get there, I started by 7:30, and worked 4 10's. So I was toast by Friday. Goodby exercise, hello pounds.
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Registered: 04-17-2010
Wed, 09-15-2010 - 12:17am
Not going to argue the point, but around here traffic is so horrible and work hours vary. The younger children would go home to an empty house if the older kids weren't home.
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Registered: 01-06-2000
Wed, 09-15-2010 - 6:40am

Oh, I definitely don't argue that that is the case.
I just question whether that is the school's responsibility or thought process

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Registered: 06-27-2006
Wed, 09-15-2010 - 9:07am
Here, high school doesn't start until 8:40. They have tutorials from 8-8:35 and on Mondays they have assembly at 8. They get out at 3:30 along with 4th grade and up.





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Registered: 12-03-1999
Wed, 09-15-2010 - 10:00am
One of my dds is a HS teacher. The reason they end class around 3, is so that after the grading, paperwork, dept meetings, tutoring, and extrcurriculars they are supervising, most teachers can, hopefully, leave around 6pm. Think about it. If you are teaching carpentry, are you going to take your students bookshelves home to grade? Plus, all the grades have to be entered into the school's secure database. Not all of these can be accessed from home computers.
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Registered: 04-13-2010
Wed, 09-15-2010 - 10:17am

I don't think I was ready for school to begin period! Dd's school is 40 minutes away and we need to leave a bit before 7pm (dd is not a morning person as is)

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Registered: 11-28-1999
Wed, 09-15-2010 - 11:15am
We also have to pay for the bus from 7th grade on--it's over $200 for the year, but w/o it, there would be no way he could get home. Definitely too far to walk & the city bus doesn't go there. We lucked out for 5th & 6th grades since he could get the bus for free if we lived more than 2 miles from school & it was like 2.2 miles.

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