After announcements, teachers walk the class to the front of the school (not a building, but rows of classrooms that all open outside). There the kids basically scatter. Some go to the bus (I get no official list of bus riders. We're supposed ask the kids and they're supposed to remember). Others find their parents. Others wait by the curb for their parents to pick them up. Others go to the church parking lot next to the school if their parents don't want to wait in traffic and are too lazy to get out of their cars. Since I am given no official list of how a child is supposed to get home or who picks him or her up. I've had students who ride the bus some days, get picked up other days, and walk with friends on other days and never seem to be able to remember what they're supposed to do. I've had this conversation many times after a kid is still standing there after everyone is left. ME: Do you remember how you get home today. KID: I think I ride the bus, but I'm not sure. ME: Do your parents both work. KID: My dad does, but my mom always picks me up. ME: Is your mom home right now. KID: Probably not. In this situation, I have about two minutes to decide whether to put the kid on the bus or keep him to wait for his mom. If I put him on the bus, he risks being dropped off at an empty house. If I keep him, he risks never getting picked up by an angry parent. Now as far as which bus the kid goes on, we're supposed to know that too. Apparently, on the first day of school, I need to figure out, from looking at their addresses, if they ride the bus or not and which bus they ride based the routes of the buses (which is not distributed to us, nor is it on the district website.) Of course this doesn't account for kids who live in one neighborhood and go to daycare in another. These kids will have instructions to ride bus 4 to school and bus 1 after school. Except that if their parents are college students they might ride bus 4 home from school on Tuesday's and Thursdays. Except for the days they go to their Nana's house. They have to remember this themselves. Mind you, these are first graders. Some of them don't even know for sure what their last names are.