Below are the rules at a public school in Australia. Kids being dropped off (or perhaps even arriving on their own two legs) half an hour or so early have these new requirements:
Following feedback from parents (who were unable to supervise their children due to work travel commitments), we introduced supervised care of students in the Library from 8am. Access to the Library (and any authorised school based before school activities) was to be through our administration building.
We have noticed that families are coming onto the school grounds before 8.25am, allowing their children to run around and play on equipment. Once again this creates Duty of Care issues for our school.
I realize that the school might see the problem as one of liability, or not enough personnel to supervise the kids playing. But that only means that the school must come up with a way to be sane about:
1) The fact that some parents need to drop off their kids earlier than school starts.
2) Insurance regulations that are onerous and antithetical to the school’s vision must be resisted.
3) Maybe the kids can be outside without a phalanx of overseers. If some adults are on premises and a few stay outside with the kids, that seems good enough. And yet:
Commencing next week, Monday 7 May, the expectation is that all students who arrive at school before 8.25am will be required to come through the front office and make their way directly to the library (with their bags). Students will be supervised in the library until they are released to make their way to classrooms at 8.30am. Reading Olympics will continue to take place on a Tuesday morning.
Woo hoo! Students will be released from one contained environment to the next.
Do they wear orange jumpsuits, too? – L
P.S. Here’s the Let Grow Play Club antidote.