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    Kestrel is offline Platinum level (1000+ posts)
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    Default elementary "early release" days....

    We are in a new school district this year. School has it's first early release day tomorrow. I looked up the pick up time... and it's 11:20. The kids are going to be in class for exactly three hours. This is an extremely rural school - we have to drive our child a bit over thirty minutes to get to school. (And we are not the farthest by a long shot.) So, tomorrow, I have to drive thirty minutes - each way - twice. So... I get to drive for two hours so he can be in class for three. And this is their "normal. It sucks.

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    Uuugh, that is miserable. The inconvenience of early release days is rough no matter what, but with a 30+ minute drive that's waaay worse!
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    Is there anything you can do near the school? Errands, walk, coffee shop, library...


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    Quote Originally Posted by SnuggleBuggles View Post
    Is there anything you can do near the school? Errands, walk, coffee shop, library...


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    Thatís what I would do. In fact, I did that when DS1 attended a private school 30 mins away from me for his PreK and kindergarten, on early release days I just stayed close to do stuff. Then pick him up.


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    Quote Originally Posted by DualvansMommy View Post
    Thatís what I would do. In fact, I did that when DS1 attended a private school 30 mins away from me for his PreK and kindergarten, on early release days I just stayed close to do stuff. Then pick him up.


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    Yep, I never went home on preschool days. I trained for half marathons so those runs took up a lot of the time. I could always find stuff to do even without the runs though. OP- can you meet up with other parents that might be in your same boat to kill time?


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    Can you carpool and just drive one round? If not, I would either keep him home for the day or stay there if you feel he must go.
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    Ugh, that would bug me, too. Our school district abandoned early release days this year, instead just having fewer, but whole, teacher workdays.

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    I never liked early release days, and my kids are walkers! If I were in your shoes I'd really​ hate them.

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    Ugh, that would bug me, too. Our school district abandoned early release days this year, instead just having fewer, but whole, teacher workdays.
    Are we in the same district?
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    Um, that's ridiculous. I never realized how common early release days were. We're lucky to have three half days per year (first, last and one in October). And I grip enough about those.

    I'd be really tempted to just not attend at all. For that much driving you could do a fun day trip somewhere and get way more out of it than school.

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    OP here. For future short days, I will see if there's stuff I can do in town, but there's so many of them... including three in a row thanksgiving week. (M-Tu-W). I can only hang out so long! I've already told DH he's going to have to do a couple of those drop off/pick up trips so I can keep what sanity I have left. We're new in town, so I really don't know anyone to car pool with, though that is an option down the line.

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