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Re: Band in trouble
How is it going to HAVE TO work for sports in that situation? If a kid is interested in performing/playing, they need to find a way to get to practice. That's how it is. Especially with sports like football, where they are literally required to have a certain number of practices before they can even be issued a helmet!
Set up carpools. Set up rideshares. Maybe you can get groups of three kids involved so that parents only pick up or drop off twice a week and after games. It can be done.
Yes, it's inconvenient. Yes, in some cases it may not be possible but to simply say "it can't be done" because it's inconvenient is not going to benefit anyone.
Find solutions, not more problems.
How would daily after school activities work? How are the kids supposed to get there on their off days? Are we just assuming parent taxi service is sitting at home with nothing to do but shuttle their children around?
I would recommend that you be proactive to get your band rosters established and create the A/B lists and push to have assigned days made by singleton class rosters, rather than alphabetical or grade level.
Also push for after school activities to go on a daily basis, if possible.
How is this any different than a school that operates on block schedule?
Plenty of bands out there only see their kids every other day. Schedule the top band on Mon/Weds, schedule the second band on Tues/Thurs, and hold after or before school practices for full band marching (or the Super Tuesday thing that I know some folks do, where they go 5-8 PM once a week).
You won't be competitive at the state level but you can still be a quality program.
The school where I retired from (band director) five years ago and where my daughter now works may go to a schedule next year where 1/2 of the students only attend on Monday and Wednesday while while the other half attend Tuesday and Thursday. I can't imagine band as we knew it functioning in that situation. You better stay abreast of what your school is planning, or should I accept the fact that things will never be the same?