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Will I be reported for picking up daughter late from school?

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bengal38 Thu 18-Apr-13 20:07:14

I work 930 to 3pm and it takes me 30 mins to get to my daughters school. My daughter finishes school at 335pm. Today I was stuck in abit of traffic so I couldn't get to her school until 350pm.

I went to pick her up from the office and the receptionist told me that as I was late picking her up from school she left me a message on my phone. I asked her why and she said that school finishes at 340 and it was now 350pm.

Anyway my daughter tonight had a school play and as I was leaving her Teacher said to my daughter oh so you are leaving with your mum now are you xxxx and she smiled at me sarcastically.

I have only been late picking her up from school 3 times and during those 3 times I have phoned in to let the school know I will be late picking her up.

Now I am worried incase they report me to Social Services. Could this happen and if so what will happen? Should I say anything to the Teacher/Receptionist or let it go? Also what should I do if it happens again that I am stuck in traffic and I am late again?

frumpet Thu 18-Apr-13 22:12:06

Just wondering , how many times have you made it to school on time , only for your DD to be late coming out ? Or is it just our school that is hopeless ?

Fudgemallowdelight Thu 18-Apr-13 22:02:29

as I was leaving her Teacher said to my daughter oh so you are leaving with your mum now are you xxxx and she smiled at me sarcastically.

Are you sure she wasn't just making a friendly comment to your daughter and smiling in a friendly way?

They definitely won't report you to SS for that.

jamdonut Thu 18-Apr-13 21:55:08

There's nothing worse than hanging around in the playground waiting for the last child to be picked up, when everyone else went 10 minutes ago.

We finish 3.20pm. Everyday there is at least one child waiting to be picked up.

Recently a child was picked up by their mum at 4pm. No phonecall to the office,and not answering the mobile phone number we had. Their excuse? "Oh, I forgot all about her!" The child was in year 1. hmm

Floggingmolly Thu 18-Apr-13 21:46:43

They might have reacted completely differently if you'd phoned to let them know you were running late. A combination of no call and not answering when they call you is not good.

HollyBerryBush Thu 18-Apr-13 21:40:44

TBH I think you are feeling guilty thus you think the teacher was smiling sarcastically when she was just making a general comment.

I went to pick her up from the office and the receptionist told me that as I was late picking her up from school she left me a message on my phone. I asked her why and she said that school finishes at 340 and it was now 350pm

This is a bit of a no brainer - of course school will ring you if you are late. they aren't your temporary babysitter and aren't open all hours.

you need alternative childcare in place


Bobyan Thu 18-Apr-13 21:36:14

All of your posts seem to centre on some perceived slight you have suffered by another person.
Maybe your daughter gets upset when you are late,but I'm guessing that the teacher didn't do anything and you are over reacting.

Pandemoniaa Thu 18-Apr-13 20:31:54

If everyone who had occasionally been late to pick their dcs up from school had been reported to SS, the entire system would have imploded long ago. So you are worrying yourself unnecessarily here.

Although equally, it isn't something to make a habit of because teachers and school staff don't really want to be minding children at the convenience of late arriving parents. So do consider a back-up plan if you know that your journey will regularly take longer than 30 minutes since your timings do come across as rather tight.

AvrilPoisson Thu 18-Apr-13 20:31:20

Like this goblin==> smile

(nice name btw, made me smile non-sarcastically!)

Pozzled Thu 18-Apr-13 20:30:25

No, of course they won't call social services, but they may keep a record of late collections, and have a policy for what happens if it is a regular occurrence.

It sounds like you are cutting it very fine in that your finish at work and your journey only allows an extra 5-10 minutes for delays. I do think you need to give some consideration as to what you can do if it happens again.

GoblinGranny Thu 18-Apr-13 20:25:35

I wonder what a sarcastic smile looks like? As opposed to a friendly or a relieved smile?

AvrilPoisson Thu 18-Apr-13 20:22:51

Btw- at my DCs' school, if you're late picking up, the children are taken across to the after-school care, and you're charged £25 for the first 15 minutes, £5 for each subsequent 15 minutes, per child, for the emergency care.

Not many late pick-ups! grin

Altinkum Thu 18-Apr-13 20:21:21

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

AvrilPoisson Thu 18-Apr-13 20:20:52

How old is your child? 3 times late over how many years is that?
If she's Y6, I wouldn't worry too much, if she's Reception, I'd be a little concerned tbh. School is not childcare- you need to make arrangements to have her collected by someone else if you're running late.
I'm sure you'd be pissed off if your boss made you stay over by 5 or 10 minutes regularly, as that would then impact on you picking up your child. School staff have lives/other obligations too!

Ezza1 Thu 18-Apr-13 20:18:49

My DCs school finishes at 3.30. Sometimes they do after school clubs that finish at 5pm.

When I've picked them up from after school clubs there are always around 6 children sat with the receptionist who have not done the clubs but whose parents are very late picking them up. Receptionist says it happens daily. Often the same children.

I really wouldn't worry about being 10 minutes late occasionally.

LilRedWG Thu 18-Apr-13 20:17:23

I won't mention the time school phoned me because I was 20 minutes late and not answering my mobile to friends - I'd fallen asleep! blush

imour Thu 18-Apr-13 20:17:03

isnt there another mum you know at the school who you could call when you know you are going to be late , then she can get your daughter and take her to their house and wait for you if its not that often .

invicta Thu 18-Apr-13 20:17:02

I think the teachers's sarcastic comment was rude, especially if you are usually punctual. We all get stuck in traffic,,get delayed at work etc at one time or another.

pooka Thu 18-Apr-13 20:16:44

Echo the others - you need to have a back up plan.

And hand free kit so you can call to activate the plan.

Is there any way you could leave work a tiny bit earlier? Shave time off lunch?

Eskarina Thu 18-Apr-13 20:16:01

I very much doubt you'll be reported for being 10 minutes late occasionally. All the schools I've worked in have had a policy of contacting SS if no contact can be made with the parent by 4:30, so I would imagine that unless it was part of a bigger picture of concern that they had then they're not going to report. They're just irritated they've had to look after an extra child for an extra few minutes on more than one occasion. I'd have half my class on the SS register if I went running to them every time a parent was consistently late.

pigsDOfly Thu 18-Apr-13 20:15:41

Heavens, I would hope not. Why would think that likely to happen? Are you late because you're leaving work and the time overlaps? If so I'd explain your situation to the school.

WhatTheWaterGaveMe Thu 18-Apr-13 20:14:49

No of course they won't report you for being late 3 times.

I'm a teacher, I always say jokey things when kids are late - oh looks like you're sleeping here tonight!
Some kids get really upset when their parents are late so anything to make light of it.

TeWiSavesTheDay Thu 18-Apr-13 20:14:16

If it's only been 3 times of 10mins or so, then probably no, and if they did SS would be unlikely to be interested!

However, your school will have a policy on this, a set time after which if the parent is late and the school can't get in touch with them SS will be called.

If you check their policy that might give you some reassurance.

I imagine she was just in an odd mood, don't worry about it.

cansu Thu 18-Apr-13 20:13:23

I think it's unlikely they will report you to social services it I do think you need to have a back up. Could you have an arrangement with a local childminder to pay a kind of retainer so they will pick up your dd if you are late. You could perhaps arrange a price and a maximum number of pick ups. You could then text if you are running late and the childminder could collect. Is there an after school club you could use. If these aren't possible I would make an appointment at school, apologise for being late and explain the situation. at least you will then know how they view it and can act appropriately. I would hate to be under this much pressure tbh. I used to have to race home to meet ds taxi and it put me under so much stress. I really sympathise but in the long run it sounds like you need some help.

ImTooHecsyForYourParty Thu 18-Apr-13 20:13:17

Don't worry. You aren't going to be reported to social services.

ten minutes late, once in a blue moon, is not something social services will give a rat's arse about, I promise you.

LaurieFairyCake Thu 18-Apr-13 20:12:30

What most folks do is contact a friend already picking up at the school to take your dd home to theirs.

It's your responsibility and yes, you will get reported to SS. You need to be there or arrange someone to pick up.

Did you not hear your phone?

Definitely get a hands free kit.

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