A friend, who is a divorced mom, sent me a note that she is relocating from a small town to Cobb County. She was surprised at how different the school hours were for the elementary school, middle school and high school and can’t figure out how she can possibly get her children off to school and still be at work on time.
Here’s what she wrote:
“My elementary school child will have a school schedule from 8:00 to 2:15 and my middle schooler will have a schedule of 9:00 to 4:45pm. I work from 7:30 to 4:30 M-F. The middle school does not have an after school program and they can’t be dropped off at school before 8:15 a.m. Maybe some of the other posters would know of clubs or programs that the middle schooler can attend after school. There isn’t a Boys & Girls Club for his school. We will be moving to the Kemp/Lovinggood/Hillgrove school district in Powder Springs.”
“I guess the middle schooler could become a latchkey kid but that is something I ABSOLUTELY don’t want to do. If I drop them off in the mornings, the middle schooler would have to be a latchkey kid in the afternoon. Or, he could be a latchkey kid in the mornings and I would be there in the afternoons. Any suggestions would be appreciated.”
OK folks we need all your fantastic collective knowledge to help this mom figure out what to do. She doesn’t have family near Cobb. (They live in the small town she is moving from due to her job.)
Are there any programs you can recommend in the Powder Springs area for middle schoolers? How have handled wacky drop off/pick up times? If they have to be latchkey kids, are they better being alone in the morning or the afternoon? Can middle schoolers handle being alone? Is it safe?
(I’m wondering if she’s got a new neighbor the middle schooler could just sit with before the bus comes.)