Stapleton Kindergartner Unable to Provide Evidence She Attended First Week of School

For most Stapleton elementary schoolers, this week was their first week back at school. For kids, summer has officially come to an end. No more late nights, week long vacations, or entire days spent at the pool. Time to buckle down and get ready for some book learnin’. Many elementary students were ready to go back to school. Sick of spending time with their siblings and looking forward to rekindling old friendships and making new ones. So when kids went back to school, it was no surprise to parents that their kids had no trouble heading right to class. “It has been pretty easy,” said Lisa Carmen, parent at Westerly Creek Elementary. “No drama at all. Both the kids, a second and a fourth grader, played with friends, said a quick goodbye and went right to class. It’s been great.” Caroline Gibbons had a similar experience at Isabella Bird. “We thought since it was her first year at Izzy B there may be drama,” said Gibbons. “But she had no trouble at all. It speaks to the quality of people Izzy B has and to the resiliency of the kids.” Drop off and pick up have been easy, but one Stapleton parent continues to struggle to believe her daughter goes to school at all. “I drop her off, and watch her go into class,” said parent of Swigert kindergartner Angela Kidd. “Then, I pick her up from the same place, so she is there. One would think I could trust she was there all day.” Where Kidd has struggled is in the information her daughter is giving her, or really, the lack of information. “She’s there for like six hours,” says Kidd. “Yet, she can’t give me any concrete details of what she was doing, who she was with, if she is enjoying it, and on and on. It’s very puzzling. Anything she spews out seems to be randomly placed together facts which anyone could have thought of. She hardly knows any names of kids in her classroom.” Kidd is unsure of the steps to take next. “Do I talk to other parents to see what they are hearing from their kids? Or, is it just my child potentially sneaking out of class? I know she really enjoys taking the train. Maybe she walks over there and goes back and forth for five hours before finally coming back.” Kidd says she doesn’t want to alert the teacher quite yet in case somehow it could cost her child her spot at Swigert. “I know how cut-throat school choice can be,” said Kidd. “So if my questions indict my child in any way and get her kicked out, that could be bad.” Kidd says she is planning a small sting operation. “I’m going to place a little GPS device in her shoe,” said Kidd. “If she leaves that building, and is ever more than 800 yards from it, I’ll get an alert notification, and then I’ll come find her.” Something tells me Kidd may not be the only parent not getting any information from their kids.]]>

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