Because there’s a few things we need you to know.
Dear schools/teachers/Principals and anyone whose life revolves around the education department (Private or public, we don’t discriminate here.)
As a working parent I have a few things I need to bring up. I’m speaking for myself, because I know not everyone will agree with me, but I do know there are many of us in this situation and I’m hoping they back me on this.
We respect the teaching profession. After all you’re teaching our kids, the future generation, and that’s a damn impressive role to take on.
But. Yes there’s a but. I do have some issues and there are some very important items of business I want to bring to your attention.
1. We need notice.
You cannot expect us to attend an event with anything less than a week's notice. Actually, I'm being generous here, many people work on shifts or rotations, they generally get their rosters six weeks in advance and they can't be altered. And no we can't just 'move a shift'. Principals do you just let your teachers move their shifts as they please? I'll leave you to think about that.
2. The world does not stop at 3pm.
Please stop referring to the end of the day as 3pm. For most of us we're only just returning from lunch at this point. We still have 2, sometimes 3, more hours until we can even see our kids at this point. For those of us that shift work, sometimes shifts don't start until 3pm or later. So stop telling us to do all these activities in the afternoons. We don't get afternoons. The only workers who understand your stance on this are tradies. Go chat to them about how awesome 3pm is.
3. We get that you work during the holidays, but unlike you we cannot take our work home