My son’s preschool has been shut down for the last two days for Teacher In-Service. The new “school year” begins after Labor Day and the teachers use this time to prepare their classrooms for the switch. I know that I am lucky that my son goes to a year round school that is open most of the year. With the standard holidays, four inservice days a year (two in the Fall and two in the Spring), and a week off between Christmas and New Year’s, I know that I am lucky. I rarely have to find alternative arrangements.
Still every year, the inservice days creep up on me and I find myself desperately making alternate arrangements. Okay, maybe not desperate. But this heat and forgetting to mark the days in my calendar is making me just a teeny bit crabby about the situation. When I was complaining to a neighbor with school age kids that I was struggling to stay on task while working from home and having a four year old that was ready to break out of the house, she quickly told me to get used to it. She pulled out the school calendar and showed me that in our local school district there is an inservice day at least once every month. Throw in Christmas Break, Ski week and Easter break and a whole slew of other days - and we are talking almost 45 days off during the school year.
I practically had a panic attack about all those days off and my kid won’t be starting Kindergarten for another year.
I know that I am one of the lucky ones with a incredibly flexible work schedule. It probably won’t be a problem for me to work from home those days. My spouse works in Finance and with a fairly traditionalist boss who wants her employees in the office everyday from at least 9am to 5pm. So I know that the In-Service days will often fall to my responsibility.
And I’m not sure I can survive.
Working Mommas with school-age kids, please tell me how you do it?