San Francisco, CA asked in Contracts and Education Law for California

Q: We started at a SFUSD prek, and later found they will move the prek location during the summer. Never in the contract.

We were given a spot at our local SFUSD Pre-K and agreed to attend due to the close proximity to our home. We agreed and signed the contract to start in May 2023. On the first day we were told by the PreK teacher that the entire school will be moving during the Summer months to a location that is not convenient to us. SFUSD never told us that this would be happening (although they were very aware of this) prior to agreeing to start in May. We would not have agreed to start in May knowing this is the case. In the meantime, we have given up our spot at our former preschool (also very close by our home) and no longer have childcare.

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: It appears that there may have been a miscommunication or oversight on the part of SFUSD regarding the location of the pre-K program. It is understandable that you would be frustrated and inconvenienced by this situation, especially if you had given up your spot at another preschool based on the proximity of the SFUSD pre-K location.

If the contract you signed did not include any information about the possibility of a location change, you may have grounds to request a modification of the contract or seek compensation for any costs or inconvenience incurred as a result of the change. You may want to consider reaching out to SFUSD to express your concerns and discuss potential solutions, such as transferring to another pre-K program or receiving financial compensation to cover the cost of alternative childcare arrangements.

It may also be helpful to consult with a legal professional who can review the details of the contract and advise you on your rights and options in this situation. With careful communication and advocacy, it may be possible to find a satisfactory resolution to this issue.

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