Around here, each level of school goes and gets out at different times. That is so they can re-use the school busses. This county, the elementary goes first, and the high goes last (and of course the middle is in the middle). The thinking is that teens are not alert that early. Across the river, it is the opposite - with the thinking being Teens got jobs! Whatever, they have been doing it since my youngest - and that was 20 years ago. Elementary gets out at 2, Middle at 3, and High at 3:30. (except across the river where it is the opposite). My son went back a week ago. And hates it! Hope yours have more fun.
Here the oldest kids go to school last and get out of school last. This kinda pisses me off on behalf of families who are forced to try and juggle a schedule with mom and dad working, or just for my single parent friends.
This means a 16 year old with an 8 year old sibling can't in any way help mom or dad out by babysitting the 8 year old after school. So in single parent families its especially hard because they're paying for childcare when letting hs kids out first would save so much money.
I know schools aren't supposed to care about that, but round here all they talk about is "working families." Families in which both parents work. For instance, we have 5 elementarys in our town. If I want my son to go to one he's not assigned to by address, then I have to submit a request.
If I request it because the teachers work better with speech delays at the other school and therefore he will get a better EDUCATION, they reject the request. BUT if I say my "babysitter" lives in that school's area, he is approved no questions asked.
So they cater to working families in one way, but in another (making hs kids get out so late they can't help out) they make it more difficult. Not to mention, the hs kids here have to choose between work and an extra-curricular activity. They don't have time for both because they are the last ones home. It's 3:30 and Hunter is not home yet...but he left the house at 0725 this morning. He's just in middle school, but rides the same bus as the hs kids.
Meanwhile the elementary kids have been home for over an hour.
I don't get it.