Langley school board is pushing a change to the school calendar. They have given parents one week notice of an open house to voice opinions. Then it will be up to the school board to decide, even though everything they say shows they have already made up their minds.
Unfortunately, they are only talking, via Twitter and all other avenues, about one option. They only put the pros on their website, putting an article about the cons to another page, out of the way.
The page and information were only sent to parents a little over a week ago, and not to anyone who has a kindergarten student starting next year.
What's the cost to parents? Finding care in December and April will be hard, as university students who run camps will be in classes. Parents who rely on programs like that will be out of luck.
The worst part is the issue to high school students who write provincial exams. They will learn for three months, holiday for one month, and come back for a week of review before final exams.
The school district has one school on year-round program, Douglas Park Elementary. Many parents have pulled their kids from that school, and many won't register their kids there, including myself.
I come from a one-income family. I take care of my very ill mother who needs care 24 hours a day so my senior father can work to maintain insurance and income to pay for her meds and formula for her feeding tube. I do not get paid any money to make sure my mother is taken care of. We live on a tight paycheque-to-paycheque budget. Many more families are heading towards this with aging parents.
We can't afford added cost of daycare, or lost accessibility to summer camps.
Kutrina Mosch, Langley