Thursday, July 29, 2010

Hot topic: Three-day count

This from a reader:
Could you start a thread about the August 3-Day Count, how it will work (based on past year's 10 day counts), how we will be notified, and how long we have to respond, etc.?

16 comments:

  1. I can only give our personal experience from last year and am not sure that it will work the same this year but it's probably going to be similar.

    We went 0 for 14 all through summer and had decided that we were not going to enroll at our assigned school.

    We kept the same Wait Pool school the whole time (Sherman) and went into the first week of school figuring that we wouldn't hear for 10-days or so.

    School started on the Monday and then I got a phone call from SFUSD on my cell on the first Wednesday saying that a spot was available if we wanted it.

    We had to respond back to them within 24-hrs (although in our case we just said yes immediately) and then enroll our son directly at the school the next morning.


    Hope this helps!

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  2. I wonder if SFUSD has my cell phone number. I'm going to dig up my forms and see if I put it on anything. Ugh! I hope I did.

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  3. Do you think the EPC will post the August 6 wait pools and send the corresponding letters out on time? They were late on the last two wait pools. What can we do to get them to post and mail things on time? This is really important to working parents who need to make sure that they have child care coverage. I don't want to pay for a camp (non-refundable) unless I have to! I think I will send an e-mail to Rachel Norton about this. Other ideas?

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  4. Steve and Kate's camp located at the Lycee Francais gives you back your money for days you don't use. It would be a good option for those waiting out the 3-day count. My kindergarten-bound kid went last summer and loved it.

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  5. Steve & Kate's is great for a lot of kids, including mine. Kids who need a lot of structure and instruction can find the "do whatever you want for however long you like, as long as you show up for lunch" distressing.

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  6. Steve and Kate's camp was a disaster for my kid.
    Let's just say that after one week, she returned with a blank CD which was supposed to be filled with some sort of song, a rubber chicken and a knitted piece which was had about 2 stitches. When I asked her what she did all day, she said "I got to watch a video".
    What a waste of money!

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  7. I think anyone's child could survive 3 days of watching videos if it meant you received the rest of the week's tuition back when you got your school after the 3-day count.

    Not all of us have money to blow, and kids are very resilient.

    That said, maybe Steve and Kate's is not for the introvert.

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  8. Aug. 3 and I'm counting the days until those updated waitpools are published. I've got high hopes our pool goes way down!

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  9. We just dropped out of the Alvarado Immersion wait pool, and our child was in the cohort of eight speaking the target language, in case that gives anyone something to chew on until the 6th......

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  10. 9:05

    Where are you going instead?

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  11. 11:34 AM

    We're going to a public school which was our second choice below Alvarado, and which we luckily got in the first round.

    The decision is totally logistical/quality of life related. We are a one car family and shucking across town on the bus with a toddler in tow for a 7:50 start time at Alvarado was just too much to think of. We are really sad to say goodbye to immersion, but who knows, we probably wouldn't have gotten it anyway. Hoping to keep our child's bilingualism up at home with her dad, and with other extra curricular activities. It's so important to us, but not to the detriment of our sleep and family life!

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  12. Oh, and it's an English language school.

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  13. Have a great year 1:41! And thanks for bettering the odds for others.

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  14. Anyone know how the 3-Day count works? Do they call people in the 0/7 cohort first? Or do they look for diversity in all of the cohorts?

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  15. Talking to the EPC person last week, she said that from now on they don't mail anything - they just call the number that they have on file for you. Granted, if you ask 3 EPC people the same question you'll get 3 completely different answers. Good luck everyone!

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  16. Oh, and she said that they are going to start calling this Friday.

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