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9/12/10 3:35 P

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Hi WOW, How are things going now?I went to school with my child, her first day of kindergarten and went to breakfast with her.I can't imagine if i had to just drop her off and leave.I wouldn't of i assure you .I would call the superintendant of schools and be sure that they know about it.This will assure you that is the case there.The school we go to,allows you in and out as you wish.You just sign in and out.I'm so greatful our school is very friendly!My daughter was nervous also,she loves it!I'm so happy. emoticon

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9/10/10 11:23 P

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That wasn't very nice of the receptionist especially grade school and only being 6 yrs old as if you are going to interrupt a meeting in the gym or lunch room give me a break! Every year my son's and I have to sign an acknowledgement about students & parents rights for the school district check yours out if you have to go to the district and ask some questions do so don't be afraid of rocking the boat because most times the district has no clue as to what is going on at the school level; maybe you had a receptionist who thinks she has more authority than she really does. I know our school receptionist & office secretaries all have attitudes since we are in the biggest budget cuts ever! I ignore them and do what I want anyways after I have signed in of course. The principal knows me by now & knows that I'm not going to stand for things that aren't right I hate bureaucratic red tape!

Try to volunteer as much as you can and get a feel for the atmosphere. I'm sorry your having to go through this maybe it has all worked out by now seeing your post was on 9/1 and today is 9/10 hopefully all the butterflies are gone and your son is thriving most teachers are more understanding hang in there!

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9/10/10 7:30 P

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I am so sorry you went through that. I know when we move from PA to TX last year the school was in their third week of school. After all the paper work was done the receptionist gave us a tour she showed my daughter where everything was and answered all her questions then she took us to her class we met with the teacher she gave me the school supply list and then we left. The receptionist was very accommodating but she did informed us that when registering everyone gets a tour but after that parents were only allowed in the school for early release, volunteer etc. I hope that the rest of the school year is better for ya'll. Good luck!!!!

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9/10/10 2:10 P

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Our school district is just the opposite - for the first week of school, we can walk our children to class. After that, we can only come in to the front office as needed (to drop off medicine, get them out early, etc.), to eat lunch with them, or to participate in any activities that the parents can volunteer for (holiday parties, school plays, etc.). Each parent that is going to be on campus has to have a background check first though, that way there are no sex offenders in the school. But our school district is really good about letting the parents be involved as much as possible without disturbing daily routines. He is in 1st grade this year.

I'm sorry that you are having a bad experience so far :( I hope that things get better for ya'll quickly. Good luck!!

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9/2/10 10:45 P

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Thanks for the responses. I am going to call the school in the morning and try again.

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9/2/10 3:30 P

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WOW.... My kids are at a new school this year also. When I went and registered them for school I didn't even ask for a tour of the school the receptionist just gave me one.... She was very nice and my kids asked her so many questions and she answered each one of them... It was very funny.... I am sorry you had that experience at your school. Hope his year goes well. You might want to get a hold of the school board and see what they can do about this so it doesn't happen to other scared children in the future.

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9/2/10 3:16 P

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I have had the same experience with receptionist & have found that a few steps over their head works wonders. Principals do not want to be seen as unresponsive to new parents.

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9/2/10 12:15 P

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Maybe you can have lunch with your son on the first day of school. That way, you can talk to some of the other kids and try to engage your son and some others in a conversation. It may make you feel better, make him feel more secure, and have everyone make new friends!

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9/2/10 9:54 A

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Schools often discourage parents the first few days because it disrupts getting all of the children into a daily routine. They have had fun all summer and now they have to adjust to structure again. When you have 50 parents roaming the school it disrupts the performance of the class and the ability for the teachers to establish a relationship with the children. If a teacher can not control her class from day one she will lose the respect of the children and some will walk all over her and make it a difficult year. I would suggest going back up to the school today and demanding the ability to tour the school. If the receptionist says no I would go over her head. It is better to do it today than try the first day of school.

My youngest starts kindergarten next week. Parents are not permitted in the school because it will be difficult for the children. You know cutting the old apron strings. So we stand outside and video tape them getting off the bus and lining up for school with their new teacher. We are going to the meet the teacher tonight that way they tour the school, etc.

I volunteer ALOT at my kids school. After the first week the school encourages things like coming and having lunch with your children, assisting the teacher, etc. You may want to go to the meet the teacher thing and volunteer. it will set a nice repore with the school and they will welcome your child with open arms.

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9/2/10 7:41 A

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that seems weird to me. We are allowed to come to my daughter's school at any time, they actually encourage volunteers as well as coming to eat lunch with your kids. What a shame. that has to be hard for you especially since he is so nervous. I'm sorry that this happened to you and your son

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9/1/10 10:01 P

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So I took my son, 6 to enroll in school today. We have just moved to a new state. He is very nervous about starting a new school and not having any friends. I asked if we could take a quick tour of the school just so he could see the gym, cafeteria, etc. The receptionist told me know because the teachers were all in meetings. I explained how he was very nervous and her response was "don't worry. A lot of the kids feel that way. He'll get over it." Then she explained that I can drop him off the first day of school but that I'm not allowed in the school because they feel it works better that way. Even for the first day! So far not a very good experience and we had a great year last year. Sorry, had to vent.

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