Sissy goes to a public preschool about a half a mile from our house. Buddy attends the public middle school that is right next door. The difference is that the middle school is separated from the main (busy) road by a parking lot and those children are also pre-teens, so they have a bit more sense when it comes to traffic.
The school Sissy attends is practically ON the main (busy) road. Since she goes from 10:45 to 1:45 - kind of non standard school hours - and even though the school zone lights are flashing at that time, no one seems to give a whit. Except us moms who stand out there at every loving drop off and pick up and watch people FLY down that road.
The School Zone signs clearly state the speed limit is 15 mph in a school zone.
Day after day, since August, we have witnessed the most egregious speeding. Talking on their cell phones, music cranked up so loud all we hear is bass, etc. People clearly NOT PAYING ATTENTION.
Yesterday, I was already in a mood and was agitated thinking about other things. While waiting on Sissy to come out, I saw at least 5 cars go by doing at least 40 or more. So, I stood on the side of the road and waved my arms to get drivers' attention. Most didn't notice or care. One woman did slow down and tell me "The lights weren't flashing." BS. I SAW the light myself from that direction, that's the direction I approach the school. I do 15 or less and with my foot resting on the brake (not riding it, but prepared to come to a quick stop).
After the bus parked, people DID slow down, so I retreated back to the doors to await the release of my precious bundle of joy. I was approached by TWO (2) school officials who chastised me and told me that I was only making matters worse (HOW?). The speeders are going to speed MORE because I tried to draw attention that it was a school zone?
A police comes out once in a blue moon, but the precinct says they are too busy to station a cop there on a regular basis. Well, if ANY child (not just mine) is hit by a flying car, they better hope the police get to the scene before I do.
There are a few other issues I have. One is that Sissy's class is on their THIRD pre-school teacher since August. Can't these kids get any consistency? The whole ordeal just rubs my fur the wrong way.
I have seriously considered pulling her out for the rest of the year. Next year, she will attend Kindergarten at our district school (different from the current one - and it is one of the best public Elementary schools in town). But, I hate to take Sissy out and away from the little classmates she already knows and likes. Several current classmates will also attend the same school she will next year.
I'm finding that paying $3K a year for private school (where Buddy went to Elementary school) and paying my tax dollars really don't offer much difference.
I'm going to drop Sissy off today and see how it goes, but, really? Do you want to go head to head with me?
Just for the record, I am not the only parent who has tried to slow the speeders down. Yesterday, for example, one mom stood by my side and stuck up for me when I was being called on the carpet, like a child.
We were asked if our children were ever released outside of our custody (at the end of the school day) and the answer is no, but do we have to wait until a small child runs out unattended and gets run over to act? Is that kind of tragedy what it will take for action? Ugh!
I gotta go and release some of my frustration by profiling the Mart of Wal customers in my head!
Happy Tuesday, hooligans!