Earlybird/Latebirds in Albany Schools- Beneficial or Inequitable?
I am a new parent in the Albany School System and have been placed in the Late Bird schedule for my Kindergartener. Everyone seems to rave about Albany schools, but so far, in my experience, it feels unorganized (not unique to Albany) and inequitable. I have tons of questions and concerns and no one is available to answer them. All my emails have gone into a blackhole with a response rate of 0. Here is my perception of why the late bird schedule feels so inequitable-
1. Late birds families have to pay 2x childcare- morning and after
2. Late birds don't get the free breakfast
3. Early birds get reading time in the morning when there is more focus and late birds get afternoon reading time when there is less focus
4. It seems like there is less opportunities for the parents and children to get to know one another during drop off since the majority of the class is already settled in and started (maybe there will be more opportunities later??)
5. The system favors the parents who are able to register early.
In my option, the benefit of smaller reading groups doesn't outweigh the hardship and inequity. Does anyone have a positive experience with the late bird schedule? Are there benefits to the late bird schedule that I am unaware? 1:00pm -2:00pm dismissal is negligible, but 8:30-9:30 drop off is crucial. Is the assumption that each family has a stay at home parent? ...How is that possible with the cost of living in Albany? Has anyone had success pushing back on this policy?