My son is starting secondary school in September, which means that my schedule will also change, as I will need to pick him up from his bus stop. At present we do not know what time he will be getting home on each day of the week - there are two buses and it will depend on the clubs and after-school activities he chooses.
Up until now I have taught only on a Thursday after school for 3 hours (4-7pm), but this will have to change to accommodate the boy's new schedule.
I can't fix my teaching time table for next term, until I know my son's movements, but equally he can't fix his schedule until he actually starts school.
(a) tell son he has to get the late bus on Thursdays come what may, and arrange teaching schedule accordingly - basically only moving the last lesson to free me up to fetch him. I assume he could do homework in the library until the late bus leaves, but he's not a great self-starter;
(b) move teaching to other times in the week that definitely will not clash with any bus ( - eg every day one student at 4pm, potentially ruining my life as I don't want to teach every day and also messing students around a bit as I will likely move them again once I know what son is doing each day);
(c ) cancel lessons for first 2-3 weeks of next term until I know what the schedule looks like; or
(d) any other option I haven't thought of.
Son making his own way home from the bus stop is not an option, unfortunately.
Lift share with other parent potentially could be an option but he is going to a different school from any of his current friends so it will take some time to build up a network of parents we can share lifts with.
I am anxious not to mess students / their parents around too much, as I think it's only fair they know where they stand.
Please help me organise my life!