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Old 02-06-2021, 11:04 AM
 
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I received a message from a parent today... Saturday...asking me if there will school on Monday or if it is a holiday.

This parent has shared custody of the child and next week is "his" week and is often in the dark about what's going on at school. But act like a grown-up and check the district or school website for the 2020-2021 calendar to solve your problem.

My weekend is my time to rest.


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Yes. Adults should be able to get the information they need regarding their kids and keep them on schedule. The next holiday is Presidentís Day. I wonder if the parent thinks Presidentís day is this coming Monday. At any rate he needs to check his emails and the school website as most districts keep on top of informing parents about important school information.
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I don't know what's worse, her asking you instead of checking the district calendar, or her thinking it is a holiday. Maybe Jazzer's right and she thought it was President's Day, but my first thought is that she thinks the day after the Super Bowl is a holiday or should be. I know there are a lot of people who think it should be a federal holiday, so they don't have to report to work that day.
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Old 02-06-2021, 12:44 PM
 
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'his week'
Do the school emails go to both parents? If you read divorced parent boards, you find lots of complaints that the school is only sending emails and notices to one parent.

Could the child have wanted to stay up late to watch the Super Bowl and told the dad that there was no school the next day? (That's something mine would have tried if he thought he could get away with it.)

If I were feeling charitable, I'd send an email that there is school and here's a link to the district website and calendar for future reference.
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We have this Monday and next-
Old 02-06-2021, 01:45 PM
 
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Our district takes off two days in February, one for each President's Day.

I can see the parent asking, but, for goodness sake, do as OPs suggested and look it up.


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Some good points were brought up that I didn’t think of. I forgot about the possibility of them trying to get out of school after staying up late to watch the Super Bowl. As someone who never had kids, I also did not think about the possibility of only one parent receiving updates when parents are divorced.

However, say the kid is with dad and mom gets all the emails. Junior tells dad there is no school on Monday because he wants to stay up late and watch the Super Bowl. Dad should look on the school website and check. All schools I would think have websites in this day and age and the school calendar should be on that site easy to look up.
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Old 02-06-2021, 02:18 PM
 
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Both families receive all information from the school, district and me.

Iíll answer this parent on Monday morning...maybe at 4 am...maybe later.
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I am no longer surprised that people don't know how to find information on-line. I thought it was a given, but there are many who are just clueless that there is an academic calendar posted on-line.

There is a federal holiday on the 15th though (one week later).
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Old 02-06-2021, 03:39 PM
 
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Send this parent a link to the school calendar and suggest he bookmark it.

He can figure it out for himself and have it bookmarked for future reference.
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Old 02-07-2021, 12:59 PM
 
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The fact that we have information about anything we need at our fingertips. We send emails, robocalls, physical newsletters, post everything on our website and yet parents still canít be bothered to look up things on their own. How did our parents figure out everything without all this tech?


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Old 02-07-2021, 04:23 PM
 
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When I was teaching I never checked emails on weekends. They would just stress me out, and whatever it was could wait until Monday.
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Old 02-08-2021, 04:13 AM
 
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Personally, I think this is a "guy" thing - the inability to keep track of calendar information. I look after my grandson half the time but I don't get any of these communications from the school. Still, I am the one who has to keep track of school calendar stuff. My SIL has actually gotten DGS up and taken him to school on days off because it's too much bother for him to check a school calendar. I have to keep track of picture days, practices, etc. It's absurd.

This guy has probably had some female keeping track of calendar information for him his entire life and now that he's parenting on his own he doesn't have a clue. All he can think to do is try to get some other female (you) to keep track of school calendar stuff for him.
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Old 02-08-2021, 05:04 AM
 
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I answered the parent's question at 4:30 am this morning (Monday).
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Old 02-08-2021, 01:52 PM
 
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I answered the parent's question at 4:30 am this morning (Monday).
Please come back and tell whether the kids showed up for school!
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Old 02-08-2021, 06:30 PM
 
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Yes, the young man was present in school today.
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