I never before realized how stressful unexpected early dismissal days are for teachers. It wasn’t stressful because the kids weren’t listening or because I had to switch around the schedule for the day. No, it was SO FREAKING STRESSFUL because I had 4 kids who don’t ride their normal buses if we leave early so I had to be calling and TRYING to get ahold of their parents to find out where to send these kiddos after school. And one of my little guys, the place he is supposed to go if there is an early dismissal, the person who used to live there moved so it’s just an empty house now. Oh my God, if I had put that munchkin on a bus going to an empty house?!? So I didn’t get a chance to eat lunch because I spent my half hour lunch trying to get ahold of parents so I would be sending their kids to the right places. And then at the end of the day, one of my little girls whose emergency dismissal form said she is to just do whatever her normal thing for dismissal is, well she was supposed to go to an after school program but that was cancelled today, so freaking like five minutes before dismissal, I’m like FREAKING OUT because I have NO CLUE what to do with this kid. And then one of my kids who was riding a different bus than usual almost got on the wrong bus not once, but TWICE.
I handled it though. It was just stressful, possibly because it was the first time I had to deal with something like that, and my mentor teacher wasn’t there today.