Needed: Fam­ily-friendly school cal­en­dars

Baltimore Sun - - FROM PAGE ONE - Bri­ana Ca­puano, Lusby

As a work­ing sin­gle par­ent, it’s dif­fi­cult enough to get my chil­dren to and from school ev­ery day with my work sched­ule. That task is made nearly im­pos­si­ble by ar­bi­trary days off, some­times in the mid­dle of the week, and ex­tended hol­i­day and spring breaks, which is why I sup­port Gov. Larry Ho­gan for fi­nally bring­ing some pre­dictabil­ity to my chil­dren’s school sched­ule (“La­bor Day madness,” Aug. 30).

When schools have ad­min­is­tra­tive days off or re­quire par­ent-teacher con­fer­ences to be done dur­ing the school day, I am of­ten forced to miss work, which hurts my abil­ity to pro­vide for my chil­dren, or on the flip side, I strug­gle to find child care at the last minute.

I hope that school boards will work with par­ents for a change when they cre­ate their new cal­en­dars to en­sure they make sense for stu­dents and fam­i­lies as well as teach­ers and school ad­min­is­tra­tors.

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