School pick up isn't safe

Mary - posted on 09/06/2016 ( 3 moms have responded )




My son started his first day of first grade last week and when I went to pick him up I was shocked at how crazy it is. There are tons of kids coming out all at once and nobody making sure the children are going home with the right people. I feel like it would be incredibly easy for someone to kidnap a child. When I went to pick up my son he wasn't coming out, so I went to his classroom and he was in there by himself looking for his lunchbox. Then the next day I went to pick him up and again I had to go look for him and he was in line for the bus, even though I sent a note to his teacher that I was picking him up. Now I'm worried today that he is not going to get on the bus or something. Last year when he was in kindergarten, his teacher would stay with his class and wait for the parents. Now it's like a free for all and they don't even prepare these children for this. Should I talk to the teacher, the principal, the school district? I just don't know who I should confront about this. Sorry for the long post!


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Nellynunes148 - posted on 09/07/2016




I find that in my youngest children's school, the first week is always chaotic, the things calm down. I know in our school from kindergarten until grade 5 the teacher stays outside with children waiting until an adult picks them up.

Dove - posted on 09/06/2016




That sounds completely normal for pick ups... at least in my going on 10 years w/ having a kid (or two) in elementary school. In our schools the K teachers only stay w/ the K kids for the first few weeks.. after that they are pretty much expected to know what to do.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 09/06/2016




The first few days are chaos. Make sure you have told the teacher face to face that you are picking up, and your son is not a bus kid. Other than that, work on your son's skills to get together in a timely manner and be waiting at the designated pick up area.

As far as supervision, there are generally bus monitor duties that are fulfilled by either parent volunteers or teachers. Having been one of those monitors for many years, I can tell you this: any child can get used to the routine, and the FEW bus monitors they have don't have enough eyes, ears, or hands to personally escort each student to their rides.

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