I'm in south Texas so late starts due to weather are extremely uncommon; maybe every other year there may be a day or two with a late start due to ice on the roads.
every wednesday the kids get out an hour early. They are called Early Dismissal days.
There are no late starts in the districts around here.
Not every school in the district starts and ends at the same time. we have quite a few rural students & the bussing of those students (and the city students) have to coordinate with with 2 other districts(one in town one out of town). The latest schools get out at 3:45 but busses don't arrive at my kids school until 4:00. There are staff who have to stay with those kids
Another glitch here would be the Catholic system which the public system coordinates busses with. The Catholic system on gets out early 1 Wednesday a month. The other 3-4 Wednesdays the kids at our school are let out at 2:30, but the busses still don't all show up until 4:30.
To the OP:
One more thing that you might want to think about is whether there's a rotation of classes at your school. So, for example, my kids have "specials" that are on a 6 day schedule. The schedule is something like:
Day 1 PE
Day 2 Library
Day 3 Counselor
Day 4 PE
Day 5 Technology
Day 6 Music
And then they have "zero days" where they all skip their specials because something else is going on (usually an assembly or other school wide event). If your school has a rotation of any sorts, you might want people to sign up for All Days except Zero Days (or only Zero Days) or whatever.
Our district never has late start or early dismissal. I remember that as a child, but it does not happen here. They've chosen to do it differently: The store up all those early dismissal days and the kids don't have school about once every 2 months for 'teacher planning' or 'teacher development'.
In our area we use them both in different ways. For example, the elementary schools release kids 1 hour early once a week for staff development (same day every week all year long.) These are "Early out" days.
Minimum days are half days (kids get our 2 or 3 hours early) and only occur during yearly conferences or on random staff development days (no real routine.)
We also have that. Each Wednesday is "Early Dismissal" and the schools release 1.5 hours early. Half days are called "half days." Late start, in our district, is only for weather issues.
Thank you for everyone's help. Thanks to your input the site - called Parent Booker (at the obvious .com URL) - which coordinates school parent volunteers has really come together and is now live.
I was able to incorporate everyone's input, so now the system will let you create a volunteer opportunity that occurs:
- every day school is in
- every Monday and Thursday school is in (for example)
- every day school is in except early dismissal days
- every day school is in except late start days
It will then email blast only parents with children in classes that are relevant, providing a sign up link which shows parents a calendar with all the available slots.
Again, thank you.I did not know about late start days but now the system is all set up to handle them.
That site is a neat idea -- do know how much it is for the school per year?
It will be $59.99 per month (per school - a school can have lots of parents who coordinate events at no additional cost). Schools would probably more than easily cover this cost via:
- Increased parent engagement and attendance at events, so events and activities raise more funds
- When a school can show reports validating parent volunteer hours an increasing number of companies make a donation to the school. E.g. for every hour of parent volunteer work the company donates $10 to the school. Here's one example of this listing some of the major employers who do this:
- I've heard that some schools have been able to get corporate sponsors to donate not insignficant amounts using reports that demonstrate how many hours that parents are putting in. In San Francisco I have heard that Lowes hardware donated over $125k to a public school to renovate their gymnasium when it demonstrated parents commitment in this way. They didn't use Parent Booker, but Parent Booker's service hour tracking would help and likely present greater legitimacy to a potential sponsor
- The tight parent community it visibly creates can make a private school more attractive to prospective parents
- Parents who coordinate volunteers spend less time coordinating, so can spend more time doing volunteer activites
Of course this is an amount that a parent could choose to donate to the school. Some schools may reimburse this as an expense if a parent pays for it.
Then there's the whole issue of at many schools a minority of parents end up doing most of the volunteer work; others complain that they never know when volunteers are needed. The progress thermometer parents see when they login shows their progress against their annual hours target then immediately below they see a list of where volunteers are needed, filtered to be relevant based on the classes their children are in.