This letter was originally sent to School Administrators and the School Committee:
I am sure by now you have received considerable feedback from your decision to eliminate coverage on half day transitions to extended day. While your reasoning might have been sound and based on contractual and financial considerations, the impact your decision has on working families in Watertown is far greater than you might have considered.
We have enjoyed the advantages of the Extended Day Program at the Hosmer for the past three years. Your staff is accommodating, the program is engaging and the convenience is exactly what we need. By eliminating the bridge period between scheduled half days and the extended day program, you have effectively caused us and most of the families that pay for your program a great deal of hardship and confusion.
We already have two winter vacations, numerous staff and professional days and school holidays where we either have to find coverage or use hard earned vacation days. For those families who’s parents are paid hourly, you are literally costing them the income they need to afford the child care in the first place.
Additionally, your method of communication about these changes leaves much to be desired. Dropping lines about the changes into a curriculum and scheduling memo three weeks before the start of school is tone-deaf at best and disingenuous in any case. This information was not brought up at the school meetings and reaction from the various message boards is that many of the officials involved were either not made aware of the changes or did not vote on them. In any case, we were not informed until we received today’s communication, which I find unacceptable.
Please reconsider your decision to inconvenience the dozens of working families who have been affected by this undiscussed decision.
Thank you for your time and consideration.