Ilene - posted on 01/08/2011 ( 6 moms have responded )
My son is seven and attends first grade at a school about ten miles away from us. This is due to open enrollment and choice of schools options available to us. There aren't any busses that go to his school since all the busses are used only for magnet students now. I take him daily to and from school, dropping him off around 8 and picking him up around 2:30 pm.
I received a jury duty summons last week. I called and explained the situation to which the clerk told me "tough luck" we can reschedule you to a time more convenient for you and that is it. I know this is a touchy subject and some people feel that "it's their responsibility to do it regardless" and I'd rather not hear from those who feel that way. Yes, I do feel it's a responsibility but at the same time, I am responsible for transporting my seven year old to and from school.
I've called the nearest daycares and they are all "full" as they've put it. This means that I cannot send him anywhere after school. My husband works and will not get paid for any time off that he is not at work.
I was told by one friend to simply "pull my son out of school and take him with me to the courthouse" to which I've been informed will lead me to be held in contempt, charged, etc for child endangerment and I really don't think a child should be at a courthouse.
So what am I supposed to do about this situation? P.S. I would rather not hear from those who are simply going to tell me to suck it up and deal with it. Thank you.