This week I have spent on a wild goose chase trying to sign my 3 year old up for preschool through the public schools system here. Different process from the preschool we had him in last year, and in the end, it was all for nothing.
Long story short, we found out last winter that Joey’s school was closing. It was a private Catholic school the diocese decided to close down and they would not change their mind. So we had some decisions to make. The people and administrators from his “old” school had decided to open up a new school at a different location. It was essentially the same school with most of the same policies and administrators. Just a new building and no longer associate with the Catholic church (no big deal to us).
So we had some choices. Put him in this “new” private preschool OR, put him in the public preschools which are “Free”. (Who am I kidding, we pay for this “free” preschool with our enormous property tax bill) See, we live in an Abbott District because we are in sort of an “economically depressed” are, so that makes preschools free to residents in our district. So my husband wanted to check this out because if we didn’t have to pay for private school, it would be nice to save that money. Problem is, it is a total pain in the ass to register as I have found out. You can’t just pick a preschool that you want and sign up for it. You have to register through the school district, and then THEY get to pick the preschool based on factors of diversity, geographic location, etc.
In order to get my son registered, I had to pick up a packet in person, make an appointment to register, and have ALL forms ready and complete at that registration appointment. One of the important forms that HAD to be filled out was the medical ones filled out by the pediatrician. Unfortunately for us, my pediatrician is awful popular and booked up for well-child visits 3 months in advance. So I wasn’t able to get his doctor appointment until this week. Also unfortunately for us, the school district had already chosen and distributed the students to schools at the beginning of this month. So perhaps you see where this was going?
After numerous visits to that darn school registration office (the pediatrician didn’t fill everything out right), and a registration appointment where I spent 45 minutes waiting in the lobby with my hyper 3 year old before they called me back, only to be told that all schools are full except for the ONE school I DID NOT want him at. It was just a perfect storm of disaster. Did I mention that Joey decided to take a giant crap in his pull-up 10 minutes after we got there? Yeah, it was awesome.
So now we’ve decided that my son is going to his “old” school in the new location. I’m just hate that I wasted so much time with that stupid crap only to go back to his “old” school that I wanted him at anyways.