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Kids who get picked up late
Old 01-17-2020, 01:28 PM
 
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What does your school do with kids who are not picked up on time? We dismiss at 3:45 and mom called to say dad would be picking up kids from school, but probably would not get there until 4:45 or 5:00. So someone from the office or admin has to entertain and supervise them until a parent arrives. We don't have an after school care to shove them in. Does this happen in other places and what happens with the kids?


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My district would tell parent that students needed to be picked up by (# of minutes after close of classes) or DCFS would be contacted. I don't know whether they ever had to follow through, but an hour after dismissal is an unreasonable length of time to expect someone to voluntarily watch your kids.

I think that stating that the procedure would be to contact DCFS generally resulted in the parent rearranging their schedule or making arrangements with a friend or relative to pick the kids up.

A real emergency would be handled differently--perhaps a serious car accident on the way to get the kids.
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I've only ever seen minor delays, and in those cases the kids just wait in the office.

A delay that long would be handled on a case by case basis. - The response would depend on the emergency (or lack thereof).
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All different at my schools:

School 1: Called police after a certain time.

School 2: Wouldn't do anything, secretaries, principal, teachers, etc. stayed to watch kids. They wouldn't send them to the after care room because they didn't want parents to throw a fit when they got charged. They also wouldn't call police because they didn't want to anger parents.

School 3: Stayed in the office with the secretary until secretary's contracted day ended. Then they went to after care and charged until the parent came.

School 4: Kids could stay as long as they wanted unsupervised. Yes, 8 year olds were staying until 6 or 7 at night unsupervised! ...glad I got out of that place. That's a lawsuit waiting to happen.

School 5: Kids sent to after care and charged an extra fee for not signing up ahead of time, plus the normal fee for supervision.
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Old 01-17-2020, 04:16 PM
 
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Police are called .


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Old 01-17-2020, 04:52 PM
 
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Police would be called.
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Old 01-17-2020, 04:53 PM
 
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Technically, we should call school police, but my P just stays with the kids until parents show up. He is a really nice guy.
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In a previous school, parents signed a statement upon enrollment that said they would be billed for childcare, $8 for every 15 minute increment the child was there before a certain time in the morning or after a certain time in the afternoon. Another school would call the police after a certain time. At my current school, the secretary basically provides free day care for a regular collection of kids. They hang out in the office for an hour or more every single day. It drives me crazy because we do have after care (with sliding scale fees for parents who would qualify for that) and we just let these families get away with thinking rules don't apply to them.
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Late pickups
Old 01-17-2020, 06:25 PM
 
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The would stay in the office with secretary and P if it was a one time thing. More than twice they would start making phones calls from child’s emergency card.
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Old 01-17-2020, 06:39 PM
 
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We call the police, too.


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Old 01-18-2020, 06:51 AM
 
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Small, rural school... pretty much a case by case basis, probably as it should be. We don't have a big problem with it. Life happens and since it's not a frequent occurrence it tends to be manageable. In the situation described in the OP which is clearly not an accident or emergency, I'm not sure the school would agree to that arrangement, but there are factors such as how old the kids are.
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Thanks for the answers. The answers varied as I suspected. We are a small rural public school grades PK-6 and the students were K, 2nd and 3rd. Mom was really vague on the phone and ended up speaking to the nurse. This does not happen often, but often enough that I think there should be a back up plan.
Social services and the police will not pick them up. I guess the office is stuck being nice.
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Sounds like our situations are similar...
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I guess the office is stuck being nice.
The office person who would most likely handle this would be nice but very firm. I can hear her pleasantly saying "You'll have to make an arrangement... there isn't anyone here available... who else can you call..." I can't imagine us ever calling social services or the police but we let it be known we don't operate an after school care program. Above all, we make certain we don't "punish" the kids. I once stayed with two whose mom went to the city shopping and "forgot" she was scheduled to pick them up. We did played some games, read together... when mom showed up at 5 pm, I did NOT say "that's okay, we had fun."
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