My daughters want to attend a day camp at the local Waldorf School. I was filling out the forms and got to the medical release where it said that all medicines have to be in their original containers, doctor's orders, left in the office, etc., so I called the camp coordinator. She obviously didn't know much about D. After we talked, she agreed that both of my girls could be in the same group (I feel much better knowing that someone who can keep an eye on Clara will be there) and that Clara could carry her own supplies rather than leaving them in the office. I thought all was well and done and then we got to this: But she can't have her cell phone with her. Say what? Clara uses her phone once a day at lunch to relay her numbers and, rarely, at other times if something's off-kilter.
You may know that Waldorf Schools are anti-technology (especially for the younger kids) and anti-pop culture. This school does not allow adults to use their phones on school grounds. She wondered if Clara would be texting me "100 times a day." I assured her that Clara carries it every day at school, and it has never created a classroom problem. It's a D tool, not a method of socializing. She somewhat half-heartedly suggested that Clara might use the phone is her office while stressing how large the campus is. And I have questions about whether she'll reliably be in her office, since she's in charge of the camp and will surely have other duties.
So what do y'all think? Is this just too unsafe? I'm only continuing to pursue it because both my girls really want to go, the camp topic is unique, and the price is good.
My D daughter is 10 in 4th grade. She's very responsible and does know what she's doing. Her sister is 7 in 2nd grade.