Too many days off school

Published on June 26, 2014

I’m a single parent of two daughters attending Macdonald Drive Elementary School in St. John’s.
I work in general contracting. I’m writing regarding the scheduling of teacher professional development (PD) days and the scheduling of various school events.

This past year has been like no other with regards to the amount of days my daughters have been off school due to professional development days for teachers.

The school closing this summer has actually been extended due to the number of these days, plus an extended Easter break.

The point being is, it’s difficult enough as a single parent to make ends meet and combine that with the kids off from school on PD days. If I don’t work, I don’t get paid. I don’t have the luxury of sick days and family days that most people have.

This year, the scheduling of certain events has also been changed. The previous year school concerts and special events were scheduled in the evenings.

This year they have been scheduled for 1 p.m. in the afternoon which takes me away from work to attend them.

I would never miss any of my daughters’ school concerts but I shouldn’t be forced to take time away from work to do it.

I’m asking that something is done about scheduling — I have no doubt that teaching can be a stressful job, but it is also very stressful to lose much-needed income when all that has to be done is keep the scheduling the way it was for concerts and events — in the evening (after work).

Teachers have their summers off for the most part.

Schedule half the professional development days during the summer so the rest of us do not have to take as much time off work to stay home with the kids. Please!

David Maunder

St. John’s