Originally Posted by Tigerchild
Our SD requires that all Kindy students are met at the bus stop. I believe 1st graders can walk home from the stop (though most parents meet their kids until 2nd grade at least, this is a neighborhood school in an all-residential area though). I would assume the same policy applies to walkers.
But...whatever you submit on your form, that's how they'll release them. Which is why I don't understand the fuss about having the kid classified as a car-pickup. The school has to cover its butt/follow district policies. They're not going to refuse to give your child to you if you show up on time without a car. Obviously for this school "walker" implies no parent necessary for pickup.
So while I might clarify with the district if Kindies are even classifiable as walkers due to their age, and I agree that's a good policy...it just doesn't seem evil of the school to me that walkers are given autonomy. Perhaps the administrative staff just made an error in allowing a K student onto the walker list, so they're backtracking.
It's stuff like this though that probably has SDs put into place requirements forbidding walkers/bike riders. There's too much of a grey zone as far as who's responsible for how long, because there is a gap between when the student gets out of school and when they get home. Bus and car pickups don't involve that--it's a direct release from the teacher to the custody of the parent/authorize pickup person.
A) I was not informed that there was a walking range when I informed the teacher of our choice to be walkers. There was no information given to me in neither the handbook nor the website stating the rules for walkers. I checked this all before we started walking. I was unaware that their was no supervision of the walker line as we only had done it once on the 1st day of school.
B) If they have rules in place I should not have been allowed to be a walker.
C) Again I was not informed in anyway and I researched everything before I walked her the 1st day. If I knew this was the case I would have driven that day and called the school. I was trying not to rock the boat and call ½ through the day to change her to a car rider which she had never been. If I had any idea that they would just release her there is NO WAY I would have let her be a walker I would have driven to pick her up.
D) They do not have any safety precautions in place kind gardeners are still allowed to walk home alone. And parents are still uninformed b/c I stopped one of the other parents to ask her if she knew that was the case and she was also informed that was happening. She was not told anything either she just had not been late yet. I understand do not be late but seriously stuff happens and car riders parents can be in a car accident they will be late as well. And the car lane is long so there is a window of time to pick your child up.
When they switched my daughter to the car lane I was applauded by the lack of safety measures for it as well. You are not given anything for your car nor is your child to make sure that you get your child. The staff relies on the student to identify their car.
I have been to the vice principal twice the 1st time to complain and ask about the policies I was told she could only be a car rider or a bus rider. When I picked my daughter from the car lane and saw the lack of safety in the car lane as well I called the vice principal again to try and work something out especially after I was told by many of you that they cannot tell me how I can pick up my child. I was told that she Had to be a car rider or a bus rider. I could not walk to the car lane. The vice principal informed me that the teacher who sent my daughter off with a stranger did more than she should have. I brought up the fact that there is no information concerning the policies regarding the walkers except where they are to be dropped off. And the only information for the car lane is where not to turn and the rules regarding u turns. There are no safety measures to identify the parent and the bus.
I am not doing this for fun. I am doing it b/c I do not think that I should have to drive my car .08 of a mile. I do not want her on the bus. My daughter is 32 lbs she is not even big enough for a booster. She rides in a 5 point car seat. If the buses have seatbelts they are the lap belts which are even less safe for her. When they put someone on the bus beside the driver to watch the children and install better seatbelts I would put my child on the bus. But as it stands now I will not. I should not have to justify my reasons for my choice to not but her on the bus she is my child.
After 2 conversations with the VP I went to the principal. The principal told me they have never had a child taken so they do not need to change their rules she also told me if I felt I needed exercise I could find other times to do it. I also complained about the green issues and the buses carbon footprint and she said that they are already running. She also never apologized or acknowledged that it was unacceptable for my daughter to be sent off with a stranger. I told her that my daughter should have been taken to the office and I should have been called. Yes I drive my car literally across the street across a major road b/c there is no light there and it is not safe for anyone to cross on foot. But driving my car across the street takes a lot less carbon than a bus.
I went to pick up my child from the car lane after speaking to the principal. My daughter ran toward my car as that was the rules she was told when you see your car run along side it to speed up the car lane. No one made sure she was in the car and no one shut the door for her.
I am going to the school board for the safety of my child and that of the other children at her school. The procedures they have are unacceptable. Many parents have told me the rules at their schools which I really appreciate!!!!!!! I want my child’s school to have the same kind of rules and after taking with the vice principal twice and the principal I was not taken seriously and that is not acceptable.
It is about safety