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The Seattle school strike is now on its fourth day. And we know that’s causing a lot of scrambling by parents to find alternative activities for their children who would normally be at school.

Some community centers are bursting at the seams, babysitters are at a premium and some kids are getting an early look at career day with their parents.

We asked parents to tell us the arrangements they’ve made. Here are a few of the responses:

“Another parent and I are alternating taking care of a group of kids and offering some homeschool activities *after* supporting their teachers at the strike in the morning.” — Lynne in Green Lake

“Well, after my kids get home from picketing at the school in our neighborhood, there’s not much time left in their day. So … we’re set.” — Robin Lofstrom in Ballard

“Our au pair was able to care for my son, one of his friends plus a classmate that we had never met before (found me through my offer on the neighborhood parents’ listserv) for the first few days. I put my son in the Pacific Science Center’s camp on Friday, and will probably put him into another camp this week. It’s very frustrating to not know what plans we should make until late afternoon/early evening every day, but at least we have a few decent options, unlike many other families in Seattle right now.” — Nicole in Queen Anne

“I have a high school senior, so we’ve been working together to make sure that he uses the time for SAT prep and college applications.” — Lynne Cohee in Hawthorne Hills

“My husband and I are alternating our work schedule so there is one parent at home. We are basically home-schooling our kids now, getting the study materials from the local library and help them stay on track.” — Ping Mamiya in Victory Heights

“I have flexible, part-time work, and will just delay working until school starts. In the meanwhile, I can and will help friends who need childcare. ” — Ann Selznick in Crown Hill

“It has been wonderful to see the community come together to manage through this and support the teachers in obtaining results we’ve been unable to get from the school district. We’ve had in-home strike camps with parents rotating responsibility and are in an impromptu swim camp at our local gym today.” — Melissa Taylor in Maple Leaf

“It’s been tough. Today our daughter is at one of the bursting-at-the-seams community centers. While it is so appreciated and the staff is amazing…it’s not fair for the kids or the staff. It was so crowded and loud – some children were so freaked out that they just sat against the walls with their knees pulled to their chests looking shell-shocked. Others were crying. To be fair, the older kids seemed fine, playing basketball. But not all parents can afford the other expensive childcare options. With no end in sight, we are desperate. I wish the Legislature, district, and union could come to a compromise and then, moving forward, work to fix this broken system.” — Kara in Queen Anne

“My in-laws are in town by coincidence, and it’s been such a huge help! We also try out the library. I can’t wait for a speedy resolution, to get our lives into a routine.” — Paddy in Magnolia

“I am sharing childcare with friends. We go to the picket lines daily and organize support for our teachers with food and marching.” — Rachel Faber Machacha in Northeast

“Arranging for childcare for my daughter has been challenging. I have had six kids at my house while attempting to work from home, have brought her to others’ homes, and have a few days at a community center.” — Vickie Ramirez in Ravenna

“Last week I arranged playdates at friends’ houses for some days, but mainly she had to come to work with me since I didn’t have budget available for any of the care options around town. This week she is in the free program at the local community center.” — Susan in Beacon Hill

“We’ve been rotating our two kids between two family friends who have flexible work schedules and a babysitter. This week, we go to strike camp at the community center, and we’re so thankful that exists! We’ll be carpooling with some of those two families to help manage the situation. On our way to our childcare every morning we drop off something for the teachers – food, coffee, flowers, etc. 🙂 It’s the least we can do for the educators working to make sure our child who has special needs is able to be seen by the school OT.” — Beth Anderson in Ravenna

“I work at home so hasn’t been an issue for us. I have friends that have had their kids go to Greenwood and West Seattle School of Rock who are doing special day-long camps to fill the gaps.” — JR in Ballard

“Similar to summer- home alternating with each parent (working from home) or going to a friend’s house or seeing grandparents.” — Maia in Lake City

“We are fortunate and blessed that our regular after-school program has offered their “summer” camp during the strike – helping cover from 9am-6pm daily. We can’t thank the great team at Alki UCC for their partnership in supporting parents and their kids!” — LDH in West Seattle

“My husband and I are flexing our schedules (lucky), getting help from my parents (lucky) and using our excellent community center for care during the day.” — Elizabeth Prescott in Ballard