posted on Jan, 26 2015 @ 04:48 PM
I'm so steamed, I'm writing a rant on ATS.
So my high school'er rides the public transport system to get to her High School in the city we live. The High School's don't provide school
transportation. Usually on warmer, milder days - she just walks the 2 miles to school, but with the sub-zero temperatures in the morning - she has
been taking the public transportation - which is a godsend.
Well the buses dropped my child off at school at 6:35 am in the morning, and the High School allowed several dozen children to stand out in the the
frigid weather until 7:05 am. Needless to say - I was furious when she came home upset and told me about it.
When I called the school - I was given the principle. I told her my concerns - and informed her that allowing children to stand in that weather for
more than 5 minutes (sub-zero temps) is flirting with hypothermia. She proceeds to tell me that, not her problem. That she can't help it if the
public transport drops them off to early - and that it isn't cost effective to open the doors for a handful of children who were dropped off to
early. Something about them needing to go through the metal detectors. As though I'm not aware of the Atrium they allow the kids to wait in before
lifting the gates to the metal detectors further inside beyond the Atrium.
I blew my top. I told her, "I don't want to hear excuses, I want to know that you are going to provide shelter for my child the moment she is
dropped off on school grounds in sub-zero temperatures, as you become responsible for her well being and care". (It would be a non issue if it was
warm outside. Let them wait, then. But not in this weather!)
She said, "Mama, what's your name and your daughters name?"
I said, "Don't worry - CPS will have her and my name, since you obviously don't have the welfare of my child ahead of cost effectiveness."
I asked my grade school'ers - did you go out to recess today? "No, we had to go to the gym. It's too cold to go outside today." At least I know
the elementary school has the welfare of my children paramount in their mind.