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Good morning, I would like to talk about school schedules, local control, and the child care shortage facing families.

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To begin, I do not think that the #ksleg should determine the school schedule. That is for our local school boards (or perhaps the State Board of Education). But, not us.
What I do want to talk about, as a parent and taxpayer, are the difficulties that an erratic schedule can impose on families.
If a family is lucky enough to afford child care (and not everyone is), they then need to be fast enough to get their child into the after-school care program at their elementary school.
If that school has a large number of working families, one often ends up wait-listed (guess who’s been wait-listed the past three years?)
Even if one is fortunate enough to get into these programs, they provide after school care, including on half-days and random days off, as well as spring and thanksgiving break.
You know when they don’t provide child care?

Snow days.
If, like me, your family does get wait-listed for care, you have to find a babysitter/nanny.
This might surprise you, but nannies like to earn money. You know what doesn’t pay very much? Part-time work. So, many nannies won’t take after-school care jobs. They rightfully want full-time work.
If you do find a nanny that will do part-time work, they usually have a second job.
You know what you need, if you have multiple jobs?

A set schedule. An erratic schedule at one job can jeopardize the other job.
So, even if you can find a nanny who will work part-time, that person won’t always be there for every random day off, or half day. So, you have to find back-up child care for your child care.
It isn’t worth a nanny’s time to work for a low wage. I paid mine $15/hour. Most nannies won’t work for that low of a wage. Yes, you heard me. Most want $20/hour. For school-aged children.
Again, I don’t fault people who do child care. Everybody needs to pay their bills, and paying a good wage is important.
So, while I do have sympathy for school districts because I know their jobs are hard, I also know that there is a major child care shortage in JoCo. I know, because I experience it.
It is my hope that there are some steps taken locally to address this. Because if I struggle, I know that others must bear true hardships.
I think that one way to ease this burden for parents is to have a consistent schedule. M-F, get rid of half days. Or, find a solution to the child care shortage.
And, the late start days for high schoolers that many districts use? A nightmare for parents with non-driving students.
In closing: there is a child care shortage. If we want to help working families, we should provide them with routine schedules which makes it easier to find help.
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