Kindle, schoolwork to grade/ plan, sweater, snacks & water bottle are the things I take in my big tote bag. I know it is going to be searched.
The last time I was asked to serve my middle dd was in high school. Our charter school at the time required that we prove that I (the teacher) was available every school day, so if I was at work, out of town or on jury duty my high schooler was marked absent ( ) It was a pain. I hoped that I wouldn't be chosen. We had a really hard-nosed judge & he told us that he was proud of the fact that he "never" excused a juror from doing his/ her civic duty. He asked if any of us, given what he had just told us, was foolish enough to ask to be excused. I got in the line and person after person went up & offered her/his excuses and person after person left after being told he/she was not excused. The lawyers were also allowed to ask questions & dismiss jurors. No one was being excused for any reason. I was nervous when it was my turn, but I started to explain that I was solely responsible for my high schooler's education & if I was not present she would be absent. The judge interrupted me and said, "Let me get this straight.....You homeschool?" I answered in the affirmative and both lawyers said, "request to dismiss." and the judge said, "You are dismissed, thank you for your time..."
I was almost offended. The self-proclaimed anarchist with the safety pins through his nose is OK? The woman who speaks a dialect of Chinese so rare that it would take the city a week to find a translator is OK? The college kid who started crying because he is going to flunk Chemistry is OK? But a homeschooler? No way. Too weird.
Amber in SJ