Thursday, October 27, 2011


I've been wanting to tell you about GL's transition to the public school, but I haven't had much time to write. One thing we insisted on in his IEP was that he start out with one class period per day and gradually work up to a full day. I'm sure he's capable of a full day, but he's not capable of making such a big transition all at once. He is now up to about a half day, but because of scheduling complications, he starts school at a different time every day of the week.

On top of that, his school has numerous late starts and early dismissals built into their calendar. There's a minimum of one late start and one early dismissal per month, but most months have more. October has many more. A late start can be a two hour delay or a three hour delay. A scheduled early dismissal is a half day. There was an unscheduled early dismissal in early October so students could pay their respects to a teacher who had been killed in a motorcycle accident. IIRC, school let out an hour and a half early that day. On the days they have a late start or early dismissal, all classes still meet, but the class periods are shortened. I have three pages of charts to read to figure out what time to take him to school and what time to pick him up each day.

Today, I misread the schedule. On Thursdays, he has only one class, which meets second period. We arrived at the same time as all the other students. I checked and found out that today was a two hour delay. There was no place we could hang out for an hour, so we had to walk back home, wait half an hour, and walk back to school. Naturally, this did not sit well with GL. He handled it admirably, but I'm sure we'll pay for it later.

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Blogger Brian@bothsidesofthecoin said...

You certainly aren't the first person to misread a school schedule. I live in constant fear that I'll be late for work, and get laughed at by 400 middle schoolers. That may be a bit of an exaggeration. But you are not alone.

October 27, 2011 at 7:07 PM  
Blogger DeeAnn said...

That is high school for ya. I remember how crazy the schedules could be. I wish I had words of wisdom, but I've got nothing. Sorry. This too shall pass??

October 28, 2011 at 9:17 PM  
Blogger kathleen said...

I can not stand those early release..and delays...messes everyone up. It sounds like your boy is doing o.k. with all of it...but I also know that sometimes...just when we think everything is o.k....BAM! All the stress and anxiety come flying out. I hope that things get smoother and settle down a bit more..

November 9, 2011 at 7:42 AM  

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