I went everywhere on Saturday to buy my dd some open toed sandals as her shoes are too small and, espceially in this hot weather, I wanted her to have some cooling footwear. I suppose the lack of many school type sandals should have told me something, but I merely assumed everyone else had beaten me to it.
Then today, dd, who is normally so bubbly and full of life, came out of school looking dejected. Apparently school friends have been horrid and shouting at her today as she was wearing the "wrong" shoe.
A talk with the teacher revealed that open toed sandals are banned as a H&S issue - apparently, toes might get trodden on! With all the diplomacy and maturity that I do not possess, I told the teacher I thought that was nonsense. I still do. She said that it was pretty much a universal rule in schools these days. Well, all I can say is, it wasn't when I was a teacher.
Since getting home I have looked up the school prospectus, and, in fairness to them, it does say no open toed or open heeled shoes to be worn (dd's are both!) but can I really be expected to remember that when I read the prospectus 16 months ago?
Anyway, I have told the teacher that dd will be wearing the offending articles for the remainder of term as I can't take them back to the shop now and I can't afford to buy her another pair of shoes.
What does everyone else think about the banning of open toed sandals? How many people who grew up like me in the 70s remember toes being crushed in the playground as a result of open toed sandals being worn? Isn't it a health issue to allow feel to breathe as much as possible in this hot weather? I couldn't help but notice that the teacher I spoke to was herself wearing open toed sandals, a was I and every other woman I saw in the playground!
They are a H&S issue. a person is more likely to incur an injury to their toes or their heel in open toe, open heel shoes than in shoes that cover the toes and heel.
I hate dealing with children in open toe sandals who have tripped in the playground and grazed their toes/ top of foot. Mind you I also hate most girls school shoes as they fall off and fall apart and a rubbish for playing run about games on tarmac.
"Then today, dd, who is normally so bubbly and full of life, came out of school looking dejected. Apparently school friends have been horrid and shouting at her today as she was wearing the "wrong" shoe"
This is the only sentence that has me worried dumbledoresgirl.
Bullying must not be allowed and must not be tolerated.
I suggest you take this matter up further with the school, and get them to do a whole class workshop on tolerance and acceptance. It's unreal that children are allowed to be horrid and shout at another pupil.
To hell with the shoes, it's the bullying you need to take action on.