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Old 10-07-2016, 02:42 PM
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I started at a new center 6 wks ago and I received my first jaw drop.

A hurricane is headed for us and our state shut down Wednesday. Schools, Government offices, various businesses and a large amount of daycares have been closed since then. We were one of the few open all three days and around 90% of our parents were off all three days.

Starting Tuesday afternoon, several parents started complaining about us BEING OPEN. They claimed we were "not being considerate" to the parents who were off because they still had to bring their kids to daycare. These were the parents that were OFF. They couldn't understand that the didn't have to and that everyone was off. Didn't matter. They were being inconvenienced by having to drive 30-45 min to bring their kids somewhere they didn't have to. So I guess to punish us, kids were being dropped off 2-3 hours later than normal after just waking up. You can guess what nap was like. No good deed goes unpunished.
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Old 10-07-2016, 03:47 PM
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Wow, I guess parents think that since they pay, they have to use the services, but if it were closed, they wouldn't have to.
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Old 10-07-2016, 03:55 PM
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So they thought they had to bring their kids to day care simply because you were open? Seriously? Maybe a memo needs to go out to all parents that nicely points out that attendance is at the parents' discretion - especially during major weather events. Sometimes you have to spell out even the most obvious of things.
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Old 10-07-2016, 04:19 PM
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So they thought they had to bring their kids to day care simply because you were open? Seriously? Maybe a memo needs to go out to all parents that nicely points out that attendance is at the parents' discretion - especially during major weather events. Sometimes you have to spell out even the most obvious of things.
Oh, those parents knew it was optional. But for some reason they had to make up excuses for dropping them off. They needed justification for the long commute and not wanting to deal with their kids. Even though the older siblings were home. These are the same people who would complain if we were closed.
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Old 10-07-2016, 04:42 PM
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Who brings their kids to daycare during a hurricane
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Old 10-07-2016, 04:58 PM
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Who brings their kids to daycare during a hurricane
You'd be surprised.
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Old 10-07-2016, 06:35 PM
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I am not surprised they would bring their kids to daycare. When we have blizzard conditions, parents still want to bring their kids. We have had parents who live in the country, drive into town, drop their kids off and go back home because their office is closed. We had one mom say, I didn't know if I was going to make it because I slid in the ditch getting on to the highway, hope I make it home ok! It was still snowing and they were warning people to stay home. That is when my boss decided if there is a blizzard, she is closed!
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Old 10-07-2016, 06:57 PM
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Why have kids if ur willing to drive in a blizzard to get rid of them? I don't get it.
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Old 10-07-2016, 07:22 PM
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That's terrible, but that's what parents do.

A few years ago, we got like 16 inches of snow. I had one family that owned a motorcycle shop literally across the street from where they live. They drove across town in the 16 inches of snow to bring their kids to me. They got stuck down our road. i walked down the street to get the kids and carry them to my house while they figured out how to get their truck out of the snow. Did I mention they OWN a motorcycle shop? How busy could they have been there during a blizzard? ugh
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Old 10-07-2016, 08:17 PM
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Why have kids if ur willing to drive in a blizzard to get rid of them? I don't get it.
You would be surprised. Had a school teacher last year call and say they were going to believe late because they were snowed in. Our director told her she was closed because everyone else called off, dcm then said what am I suppose to do with dcb today. Director said the school is closed, so you don't have to go to work today. She said oh, I know it's just he gets bored at home. Uh, ok?
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Old 10-07-2016, 08:49 PM
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I have it in my policies that I close for State of Emergency weather issues and there is no credit until it's day 3 of me being closed; if the county can't get a rescue squad here in a reasonable time or I lose power, what makes you think its safe to drop your child in hazardous conditions? I won't be put in that situation again ( I did it 2 years ago during an ice storm)
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Old 10-08-2016, 03:22 AM
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You would be surprised. Had a school teacher last year call and say they were going to believe late because they were snowed in. Our director told her she was closed because everyone else called off, dcm then said what am I suppose to do with dcb today. Director said the school is closed, so you don't have to go to work today. She said oh, I know it's just he gets bored at home. Uh, ok?
I guess the easy part is creating kids, but after that....???
Why do people continue to have kids if they don't know how or don't want to be a parent???
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Old 10-08-2016, 07:19 AM
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Nothing surprises me about parents anymore! Absolutely nothing.
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Old 10-08-2016, 07:21 AM
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You would be surprised. Had a school teacher last year call and say they were going to believe late because they were snowed in. Our director told her she was closed because everyone else called off, dcm then said what am I suppose to do with dcb today. Director said the school is closed, so you don't have to go to work today. She said oh, I know it's just he gets bored at home. Uh, ok?
Oh my word. A kid, bored? The madness
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Old 10-08-2016, 07:27 AM
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This is why I am changing my snow policy come Monday. I use to stay open regardless. Last year some parents really did have to still work but I had a mom who lived 30 mins south of me and worked 45 mins north of me. She still dropped off dcb, and on her way to work got into an accident. I then lost power and had to close. Guess who took a while to get here because her boss wouldn't let her leave and dad didn't have a car seat. I'm thinking of closing when my town schools close now.
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Old 10-08-2016, 07:52 AM
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This is why I am changing my snow policy come Monday. I use to stay open regardless. Last year some parents really did have to still work but I had a mom who lived 30 mins south of me and worked 45 mins north of me. She still dropped off dcb, and on her way to work got into an accident. I then lost power and had to close. Guess who took a while to get here because her boss wouldn't let her leave and dad didn't have a car seat. I'm thinking of closing when my town schools close now.
I have been thinking about this too! Maybe a policy that if schools are closed I am closed for safety reasons.

Last year we had a 3 day crazy heavy snowfall and people still came to care. People who were not working. One mom parked a few blocks away as my street hadn't been cleared just to bring her kid to daycare. She was home that day...no reason not to keep him home. Fortunately she kept him home the next day as I think she felt like a damn fool when she showed up head to toe covered in snow with baby and toddler in tow. When I asked her what happened and she explained she had to walk through several snowbanks to get him here I was shocked.
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Old 10-08-2016, 08:08 AM
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My policy is that if our school district closes due to weather, so do I. One, I don't feel like juggling who can come when, and who cannot, as in the past I had children arrive after the school children left for school, I couldn't have them all here all day... But also, it is because I am worried about the parents getting BACK to pick up their children. We have recently had "cold" days, school was closed because the air temp was -30 degrees. I was closed, but one of the moms went to work and was stuck there because her car wouldn't start at the end of the day. Glad the children were not here at that time.
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Old 10-08-2016, 08:18 AM
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Oh my word. A kid, bored? The madness
lol right! I remember one time I told my mother, I am bored....she handed me a bucket and scrubber, pointed to the kitchen floor and said not any more.... I never said it again..lol

I don't understand why people feel children need to be entertained at all times. I am not their circus monkey.
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Old 10-08-2016, 08:25 AM
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dont most schools have in their polices that if they have to close due to weather that they will have so many paid closed days per year?

I am in CA, we don't have weather issues, we have fires and earthquakes. I have never had to close for either, but I do have it in my polices that if I am forced to close due to natural disaster or weather up to 3 days per calendar year will be paid closed days. So my parents would not be able to bring their kids and would still have to pay for up to 3 days.
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Old 10-08-2016, 09:32 AM
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Here the buses get cancelled before schools get cancelled. Do you close when buses are cancelled or just when school itself is cancelled? I figure busses are cancelled for safety reasons.

When buses are cancelled there are hardly any kids at school and I keep my own child home.
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Old 10-11-2016, 08:49 PM
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Nothing surprises me about parents anymore! Absolutely nothing.
The same for me, but this is something I've never seen in my entire career.
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Old 10-12-2016, 11:05 AM
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lol right! I remember one time I told my mother, I am bored....she handed me a bucket and scrubber, pointed to the kitchen floor and said not any more.... I never said it again..lol

I don't understand why people feel children need to be entertained at all times. I am not their circus monkey.
Yep, a favorite response. "Oh, you're bored? Well wouldn't it be fun to dust the leaves of my silk plants? Wait...where are you going?" lol
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