We're homeschooling the two oldest of our four children. We're moving to an area with a wonderful parochial school soon and are thinking of sending the kids there. I like the school except for a few things. The big one is the mandatory volunteering. Not only is it an oxymoron but I'm not sure how I'll be able to find the time for it.
The required hours are 40 per child. So with two kids there it's 80 hours over the course of the school year, about 2 hours each week. The hours must be completed during the school day and in the school building (they don't make it clear why). Younger children are, under no circumstances, allowed to accompany the parent. It must be the parent volunteering, no one else is allowed in their place. You must pass a background check, at your own expense, to be allowed to volunteer. If you do not complete your hours you must pay $10 per hour for each hour you did not do.
I'm at a loss on this. It's a really expensive school - $11,000. With the two younger kids and not knowing anyone in the area I don't know how to complete the hours. My husband will be deployed for much of next school year and when he's home will be working during school hours. I'm wondering if just paying the 'fine' would be easier and cheaper since a babysitter will likely run $10 an hour but I don't want to be the parent who didn't volunteer. It just irritates me to think about paying $800 because I didn't volunteer. Isn't volunteering a voluntary thing?
If all this wasn't bad I talked to a parent whose kids went to this school last year and she said her volunteer time was spent sitting next to a phone waiting for it to ring, cutting out shapes that their kids said were never used, re-dusting trophies, and being a 'bathroom attendant' (keeping the bathrooms clean and making sure the kids wash their hands and flush). I'd like to help but this sounds like a waste of time and just busy work.
I'm not sure if I should try to fight it or just go with it.