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To think 1 minute isn't late?

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AnArrowToTheKnee Tue 07-Feb-17 12:02:58

DS1 starts school at 8.50, we got there at 8.51 and were told we had to sign in at the office. AIBU to think that we weren't actually late?

AllTheBabies Tue 07-Feb-17 12:03:39

Well...you were late. By one minute.

MrsTarzan1 Tue 07-Feb-17 12:03:41

I know its a bit pedantic but there has to be a cut off.

NarkyMcDinkyChops Tue 07-Feb-17 12:04:11

You were actually late though.

I wouldn't have signed in though, thats silly.

Gardencentregroupie Tue 07-Feb-17 12:05:26

If it's a social meeting then no, but if you're working to someone else's official timetable then yes. 8.50 isn't the exact time you're expected, it's the the very latest acceptable time. You wouldn't generally turn up at the train station at 8.51 and expect to get the 8.50 train.

ETanny Tue 07-Feb-17 12:05:43

Unfortunately yes you was late, a minute late is still late.

user892 Tue 07-Feb-17 12:05:56

Here, the playground lines go in at 9am and after that they have to go via the office until 9.15am; after which time they're officially late. 8.51 and having to sign seems a bit OTT.

EustaceClarenceScrubb Tue 07-Feb-17 12:07:35

Weren't they still lining up though? At our school that takes a good 5-10 minutes and children are still arriving and joining their line during this time. I think 1 minute is a bit petty, yes. Watches/clocks could be slightly out so by your watch you might not be late at all. They need to allow for that. If you were late enough to miss registration then that is a different matter.

AllTheWittyNamesAreGone Tue 07-Feb-17 12:07:42

Late is late, they can't bend the rules for you but not others

Oblomov17 Tue 07-Feb-17 12:08:25

Late is late. If you aren't on time. Really you should always be anywhere a couple of minutes early.

TheNaze73 Tue 07-Feb-17 12:08:26

You were late. End of

LouKout Tue 07-Feb-17 12:09:16

There should be a minute or two leeway.

tinyterrors Tue 07-Feb-17 12:14:32

You were late. There has to be a cut off somewhere or everyone would arrive when they felt like it.

At our school the children line up at 8.40, teachers come out at 8.45 and start taking the children in, the doors stay open until 8.55 after which time you're officially late and you have to go through the office and sign in or the child won't be allowed into school.

MistressMerryWeather Tue 07-Feb-17 12:15:13

It was OTT to make you both go to the office.

wigglesrock Tue 07-Feb-17 12:15:15

You were late - does it really matter if you had to sign in? As long as your child isn't habitually late, it's just one of those things surely? - something held you up, your child was late, you signed in, that's it done.

Wondermoomin Tue 07-Feb-17 12:15:25

we weren't actually late

😂 "alternative facts"

School starts at 8.50 and you arrived at 8.51. Does 8.51 come before 8.50, or after it?

Smh 🤦‍♂️

TeaholicsAnonymous Tue 07-Feb-17 12:16:39

You were late and I'm always early but I agree that making you go to the office was ludicrously OTT

harderandharder2breathe Tue 07-Feb-17 12:19:15

But you were late. YABU

SEsofty Tue 07-Feb-17 12:21:08

If it were a train you would have missed it. Therefore you were late

SockQueen Tue 07-Feb-17 12:21:08

We had a tutor at uni who would lock the door at 9am sharp - he said, as someone else has already pointed out, "You wouldn't be one minute late for a train."

Then he was late one morning, and his students locked him out.

user1477282676 Tue 07-Feb-17 12:21:16

LouKout leeway makes things muddy. First it's one minute then it's 5. Next thing the teacher has children arriving in dribs and drabs.

Of course YABU OP> You were late!

FV45 Tue 07-Feb-17 12:21:25

Of course you were late.

Maybe you meant to ask whether there should be a few minutes grace before having to sign the late book.

ArmySal Tue 07-Feb-17 12:21:41

Of course it's late.

witsender Tue 07-Feb-17 12:23:15

One minute I would expect to be ignored...Who is to say their watch is accurate and yours isn't!

viques Tue 07-Feb-17 12:24:31

school starts at 8.50. so you should be there ready to START at 8.50. If you get there at 8.51 it has started.

you were late.

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