Next week is Pearlsky’s last week of school for this school year. It so happens, I need to travel again (hey, remind me to tell you about the business trip I just found out about that will take me to a specific place I always wanted to go, far far away, and it’s filled with my absolute favorite kind of women people).

Doing due diligence, I check the school calendar (both of them, actually) and I line up coverage for Pearlsky, but it is tight. If she gets sick or does not go to school, I will be in trouble, but that is very rare. So, no problem, right? All set! Leaving in 4 school days …

Then WHAMO! School is normally from 8:20 AM to 2:45 PM. I get this email from the teachers at the end of the day, it is specific to Pearlsky’s classroom:

Dear Parent/Guardian,

I hope this week is going well for all of you.

We would like to inform you about next week’s schedule.

For students who are not taking finals for general education classes, please follow the schedule below:

Monday, June 20, 8:20am – 12:30pm
Tuesday, June 21, 8:20am – 12:30pm
Wednesday, No School
Thursday, June 23, 8:20am – 12:00pm

Thank you very much and please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions/concerns.

Oh yes, I did not hesitate to contact them. It was the end of the day, I wanted to get an email right out before people left, and I started to scramble to figure out what to do.

This went out to the teachers, all they cc’d, and I added the Special Education Coordinator at the school (who, for those interested, is an incredible woman) and the Assistant Superintendent for Student Services …

Please give me a full explanation how you can change both official calendars that are on the school district web site. In addition, these are make-up days that are replacements for full days when school was canceled. How will you make up the additional hours?

Why does Pearlsky get less days than others (Wednesday is a make-up for all except the disabled?)? Why are they partial days?

Why is NONE of this on the official school calendar?

How can you just cancel Wednesday with no notice?

I am traveling, now I need to cancel my business trip because of your randomness?

WHY IS THIS NOT ON THE DISTRICT CALENDAR? Why is this the first notice?

My cell phone rang about ten minutes later. Ms. SpedCoordGoddess tells me, “Relax, take a deep breath. That email is totally wrong and the classroom is on the regular school schedule.”

I expressed my undying love and affection and it took about twenty minutes for my blood pressure to get back to normal.

Two hours later …

Dear Parent/Guardian,

We are writing to deeply apologize for misinforming you about next week’s schedule. M and I have made premature decision and we are very sorry for this confusion and inconveniences that we have created.

Please allow us to correct the schedule as follows:

Monday, June 20, 8:20am – 2:45pm
Tuesday, June 21, 8:20am – 2:45pm
Wednesday, June 22, 8:20am – 2:45pm
Thursday, June 23, 8:20am – 12:00pm

Again, we are very sorry and would like to please ask you to discard our previous email and follow the schedule on this email.

Thank you for your understanding in this matter.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Hmmm, what is it I always say? Wait, it’s coming to me … something about … idiots? Oh yeah, have I told you I hate idiots?


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