One of the most frustrating issues for parents in Buffalo Public Schools is that getting information about small things is often as difficult as getting information about big things. The 2013-14 school calendar is a prime example.
While every other area school district publishes and distributes their calendars by early September, the Buffalo school district waits until the school year is nearly half over before publishing its school calendar. This year is no different. It appears the Buffalo school district doesn't think parents deserve to get a hard copy of their child's school calendar until the holiday season unless they are willing and able to download it online.
Given the fact that the school calendar is approved by the school board in June, the reasons for a five- to six-month printing delay are unfathomable. By the time parents get the calendar, next year's school registration process will be almost over and all the school open houses will have passed.
Unfortunately, this is par for the course in Buffalo. Last year, parents had to wait until December to receive a calendar that was filled with school and district activities and events that happened in September, October and November. Today, spokeswoman Elena Cala said the calendar should be distributed by late November. Not only is this almost as late as last year, but it's also a lot later than originally expected.
I last wrote about the school calendar delay in an Oct. 1 blog post. At that time, Cala said in calendar should be printed in about two weeks. That was still late, but an improvement.
Today, she stated that the calendars are in print production now but won't be delivered to the district's distribution center until Nov. 20. Perhaps the district thinks we should consider ourselves lucky to get the school calendar before Thanksgiving (assuming that actually happens).
Buffalo school officials give plenty of lip service about the importance of parent involvement, but actions speak louder than words. This printing delay is more than a bad habit. It's an insult to parents who have the right to expect such basic information about their child's education.
-- Sandra Tan