Things you always wanted to say but were afraid

Parents and their pick up craziness

When you have 600 children you are responsible to get home in the afternoon it would be nice to have 100% of the parents cooperate, but oh nooooooo, there always has to be the few that think they are special.  Like the one that just couldn’t understand why she couldn’t just come in the back door and get hers with no ID or anything.  Yeah, and just as soon as that happened those others standing outside would be right at that door, or the “special” person would be bragging all over facebook how she showed us by breaking the rule.  And by the way, what kind of parent is that???  Break the rules if it’s me, but everyone else follow the rules, or they get mad.  And what if I let another person in and that person just happened to say hello or something to the first parent’s kid, then the kid tells the parent then the parent freaks out because we let some “stranger” talk to her kid.  Or better still, it happened to be one of the many exes new spouses and that parent doesn’t want any of her exes or their new partners talking to her kid.  (That can be a lot of people!)  So we just tell everyone no.  Drive through or go to the office with your driver’s license, but you are going to wait until we get the car riders loaded.  That is the PROCEDURE.  Procedures can be a pain in the butt; however,with that many persons it is a necessity.  And yes, it means waiting in line, but never more than 20 minutes.  Hell, you wait longer than that to eat at a restaurant or ride something at an amusement park.  But of course, no matter what, there are also those students whose parents just won’t pick them up on time so we babysit for 30 to 45 minutes because we don’t have anything to do.  Only they are busy, not us of course.  And the poor kids are embarrased but hey what can they do?  And when they come in, “Oh I’m so sorry I got caught in traffic.”  If you get caught in traffic every day you might want to leave earlier and plan for the traffic.  What’s worrisome is leaving your elementary age children for up to 45 minutes alone waiting on you.  Luckily, we care more about them and stay with them till the bitter end.  If I was going to be 45 minutes late I’d be on the phone (you’re on the cell phones all the time anyway – even when you come in the office you have to be talking while your trying to tell us something) finding someone to get my kid cause if I was that late my kids would have known something was wrong because I would never leave them that long.   Well, I’ve ranted long enough today.  Tune in tomorrow for more ranting about public school.  Or just work in general.  Or anything else that floats across my mind.  What do I care??? I’m retired!!


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