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Since when have open toed sandals been a H&S issue?

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DumbledoresGirl Mon 12-Jun-06 16:18:17

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!

Thumbwitch Mon 29-Jul-13 05:14:41


katydid02 Thu 08-Aug-13 14:35:03

It's not allowed in schools here, to be honest I'd assume that they were not appropriate school shoes.

RustyBear Thu 08-Aug-13 14:46:58

This really takes me back - it was just after I joined MN - I was thinking - oh look, so and so's back - then I noticed the date....

mothersanonymous Sun 11-Aug-13 23:44:18

The OP's DD probably has a new pair of shoes by now then grin

ipadquietly Mon 12-Aug-13 23:22:46

...since I stopped my bike with my foot wearing a pair of them!

(Now I use the brakes.)

NoComet Sun 18-Aug-13 01:15:20

DDs school got huffy about 4 years ago, fortunately the summer after DD1 went to senior school.

I think she'd would have gone in sandals regardless and the HT and I would have had a massive falling out.

DD2 doesn't like sandals and always follows the rules.

InkleWinkle Sun 18-Aug-13 01:38:44

OP's daughter's probably buying her own shoes by now grin

UniS Wed 28-Aug-13 20:58:04

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.

VenusRising Fri 30-Aug-13 10:11:43

"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.

VenusRising Fri 30-Aug-13 10:12:57

Oh god, was this a zombie!!

Where do they come from?

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