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Will My Hair Be Totally Gray By The End Of This School Year?

September 8th, 2010 · 10 Comments

Okay, so this is kind of a confusing story, but I’ve got to tell it because I am so frustrated!  Maybe list style will make it more understandable!

  • Yesterday was the first day of school in our town.
  • My daughter is a high school freshman.  Even when they’re in high school you never stop worrying about them, right?
  • My oldest son is a high school senior.  He has no class last period so he gets out early.  He has no car, so my hubby picked him up from school yesterday.
  • I printed out our bus route information in August when it was posted online like a good, efficient mom.
  • My daughter got on the bus that I told her was our route to come home, along with some other kids that live on our road.
  • I saw a bus fly down our road at the time my daughter should have been dropped off.  Oh, crud.
  • 15 minutes later I call my daughter’s cell phone.  No answer.
  • I call the bus company.  They contact bus driver.  He says he let kids (multiple kids) off at our stop which is not visible from our house.  This is strange because there are no other kids that get on or off at our particular stop.
  • I call my daughter’s cell phone two more times.  No answer.  I’m scared.
  • I call bus company again.  They contact bus driver again.  Oh, yeah, she is still on the bus (along with the other kids that live on our road) and he’ll come back and drop them off at their stops.
  • I try to bring my heart rate back to normal.
  • This morning.  Second day of school.   I get an email that tells parents to look at the bus routes online.  I think, I already printed them in August when they posted them, but I go to look anyway.
  • THEY CHANGED THE BUS ROUTES AFTER THEY ORIGINALLY POSTED THEM!  And, they’re just telling us now?!
  • AND, why didn’t the person I talked to at the bus company yesterday tell me that my kid was on the wrong bus!
  • Now, the second day of school, my daughter and son (who will take the bus home today because they have a get-together for seniors until bus time) don’t know that the bus routes have changed and they will get on the wrong bus!
  • I call the high school office.  The secretary tells me I should contact my kids myself.  Ummm…school policy is that cell phones should be turned off and kept in lockers.  Besides that, my kids don’t ever look at their cell phones.  They would never get the message.
  • Finally, reluctantly, the secretary tells me she will try to contact my kids to give them the correct bus number to get on.
  • As of right now, the secretary is out to lunch and I need to call back in a hour to see if she managed to get the message to my kids.
  • I need to go exercise to relieve some stress.

Tags: Family · High School

10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Heidi // Sep 8, 2010 at 11:59 am

    Oh boy. Yes, I would be frustrated too, I must say. I’d probably drive over there and pop somebody knowing me, all the while knowing also that that would be the wrong response. Exercise is probably a good option right about now. Either that or go sledgehammer something you no longer need.

    Good luck and Peace to you-
    2 Thinks

  • 2 Kimmie // Sep 8, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    I think it’s the secretary and a lot of other people that are “out to lunch” on this one – yikes! hope it all goes better after this!

  • 3 Katie in MA // Sep 8, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    Hooray excercising to relieve stress! Boooo bad school management. Would it be worth driving into school and asking your children be called to the office so you can tell them yourself? It might shame them into listening to you next time. And while you’re there, you might have a word with the assistant principal over how this was handled.

  • 4 Puna // Sep 8, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    Oh man, I really don’t want to say this but, how lazy is that receptionist?

  • 5 DesignTies // Sep 8, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    This is why I have dogs instead of kids — dogs don’t go to high school, so I don’t have to worry about them getting on the wrong bus 😉

    Sounds like everyone involved with the bus scheduling is out to lunch!! Hope you get it all sorted out in time for the bus ride home today.

    Kelly

  • 6 Relyn // Sep 8, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    On my first day of teaching this year I had a frantic Mom come to school because her son hadn’t gotten off the bus. I put him on the bus myself, so it was a little panicky. He just didn’t recognize his stop, so he didn’t know to get off. Phew!

  • 7 mrs. e // Sep 9, 2010 at 10:36 am

    Wow! “What we have here is a failure to communicate!” I think your school has a few bugs to work out. Deep breaths and a long peaceful walk for you–then write that letter to your school board!

  • 8 elk // Sep 10, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    yes the name of my blog fits..depending on the day and gray!! hang in there gayle

  • 9 lailani // Sep 10, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    First WEEK of school and buses are not a good mix here. Luckily this year, my youngest is a freshman and oldest a junior…driving…with a car. No more buses….whew. Hope next week will run much smoother.

  • 10 spread your wings // Sep 10, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    that sounds unnerving for sure. It will get better. hang in there.The children must have been a little panicky too.
    luckily T never had to ride the bus, because this kind of thing would have made me crazy.

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