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MadMarchMasterchef

Just curious what other schools do (coronavirus aside)..     I have a 1 year old,  a 7 year old in year 2 and a 9 year old in year 4.   

Since I was pregnant with the 1yo I dropped and collected the older 2 at the kiss n drop.  I can see the younger ones class from there and watch them come out to me so no chance of them going on the road. 

The school has just told us that parents have to collect their kids from the class in years reception - 2 but aren't allowed inside the class.

This seems a bit odd to me.  Im working to encourage my kids to be independent within bounds of what is safe and using the kiss n drop seemed like a good way to do that.  And obviously it makes my life easier not having to get the 1yo out of the car. 

What policies do other schools have in place?  I understand the parents collecting for reception and maybe year 1 but year 2 seems a bit OTT.

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Riotproof

Generally in kindy (reception) teachers walk the kids to the main playground and send them to either oosc, kiss and drop, bus lines, or parent/older sibling collect them. 
From year 1 they are expected to know where to go. 

now, everyone has to wait outside the gate and they still divert to bus, kiss and drop etc. 

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CrankyM
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Probably depends on your state. Our school in WA, is still banning parents from campus. 4yr kindy/preprimary kids are to be picked up from/dropped off at one classroom which is closest to the associated car park. Parents are expected to leave unless their child is upset. Everyone else is to use kiss and drop, have their kids walk/ride home independently or meet them outside the school grounds. Teachers have been monitoring the two sides where kids are met and you get told off if not social distancing.

I'm enjoying it :lol: I turn up at 2:10 and kids are there and waiting. (school finishes at 2). I'm pretty sure the letter/note from the principal in the last newsletter implies the school would really like this continue and that most parents stayed away and allowed the children to "continue to develop independence"...

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lozoodle

first two weeks of FYOS we had to go get them, but otherwise its whatever suits. My 3 just come to my car. 

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Jenflea

Kindy kids (FYOS) get picked up at the classroom. Our school has 4 or 5 blocks (one for each year grouping, 1/2, 3/4 etc) connected by a covered walkway, so the parents wait outside the little kindy block for the kids to be let out each day. 

No proper kiss and drop zone(one vent), no supervision of any of the car parks(another vent) and idiots who drive too fast and park illegally all over the place (yet another vent) so the rest of the kids either meet the parents out the front of the school , the loop near the preschool(should be a kiss and drop zone, but isn't for some reason) or a few parents go to the class areas. 

The younger students get collected for after school care by the carers and walked to the hall. 

The school would prefer no parents on the grounds but acknowledges some kids need more help or parental supervision. 

The school has 8 different gates to leave from spread around the perimeter. 

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CrankyM
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The only thing I haven't likes about our school's policy is that it seems to have gone over to parent meetings for various things as well. I should have had 3 so far this year that have been "delayed", nevermind mine the case conference and IEPs etc.

Jenflea - we have crap parking too. Most of the schools do, which is frustrating. it's why I don't get there until 10 past. Even then I'm lucky to get a space in the kiss and drop bay (which is a whole 4 car spaces with the rest being the bus bay). The car park holds maybe 20 cars, half of which is staff overflow. This is a school that has ranged from 780 kids (when my oldest started, before yr7 moved to HS and the new primary school opened) to it's current 490.

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Lou-bags

Prior to covid at our school kindy (4yo kindy) and preprimary (fyos) kids had to be collected from the classroom by a parent or carer. They would not be released until their adult had been sighted.

From year 1 they were just allowed to leave the class to find their adult themselves, or walk over to oshc. 

But in covid-times the kids are brought to the gate by their class teacher and they wait there on the grassy area until they see their parent. And they are dropped at the gate now too. Parents are allowed on school grounds again at drop off but its actively discouraged- the teachers have reported that the kids are much more independent and settled in the mornings since gate drops started, and most parents prefer it too (there's always one or two who don't). 

I'd be annoyed about that change at your school, OP, so I'd be asking the school to explain why they've changed it. They may have a good reason.

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*Arcadia*

At our school 4 yr old kindy and Pre-Primary (FYOS) kids have to be collected at the classroom. All other years are able to leave the class on their own and make their way to wherever they are meeting a parent/ walk home etc.

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Behind Hazel Eyes
10 minutes ago, *Arcadia* said:

At our school 4 yr old kindy and Pre-Primary (FYOS) kids have to be collected at the classroom. All other years are able to leave the class on their own and make their way to wherever they are meeting a parent/ walk home etc.

Same, though DD year 1 teacher did classroom collection but that was her personal preference not school policy. 

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22Fruitmincepies
8 minutes ago, CrankyM said:

The only thing I haven't likes about our school's policy is that it seems to have gone over to parent meetings for various things as well. I should have had 3 so far this year that have been "delayed", nevermind mine the case conference and IEPs etc.

That’s terrible! I had a meeting with DD’s teacher, on school grounds, while parents were not allowed to enter. Our school has removed all restrictions now. 

Kindy and pre-primary parents pick up from the classroom. Year 1 onwards (and as we are in WA that means 5 and 6yo in the first half of the year) they are just free to go from the classroom. I either meet year 1 DD on the netball court, or by the front gate. Before the restrictions I usually met her immediately outside her classroom - COVID has increased her independence a lot. We use the kiss and drop in the mornings if we haven’t walked. 

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CrankyM
1 minute ago, 22Fruitmincepies said:

That’s terrible! I had a meeting with DD’s teacher, on school grounds, while parents were not allowed to enter. Our school has removed all restrictions now. 

Yeah, I'm not particular happy with them right now. I suspect part of it is because the kid is also in yr6 so will not longer be their "problem" in another 6 months. Never mind I have another child at the school still.

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Kreme

Both the primary schools my kids attended asked for FYOS kids to be picked up from outside the classroom for the first few weeks and then after that it was up to parents. We had K-2 kids walking home with older siblings, catching the bus and using kiss and drop. Our school had a big building project going on for the last year we were there so they asked everyone to use kiss and drop if they could. 
 

Is the teacher actually supervising them until they’re collected? If not then it’s the type of school rule I just ignored unless my child would be upset by that approach. 

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MadMarchMasterchef

Forgot to add we are in SA..  The teachers previously didn't supervise kids as such but there was a couple of yard teachers on duty.  Im wondering if an incident happened where a kid got hit by a car or something.  Its a very busy school.  I hope nobody got hurt. 

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SeaPrincess
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Our school doesn’t have a kiss and drop, and at the moment, parents aren’t encouraged on campus. Children being picked up are escorted in class groups to specific collection areas, with older children making their way to the collection point for the youngest child.

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Expelliarmus

In SA parents should still not be coming onto the school grounds ...

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Heather11

Ask if your older child can collect the one in year 2 and then walk to kiss and drop.  This is what was allowed  at my children's PS even for reception aged children.

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Heather11
10 minutes ago, Expelliarmus said:

In SA parents should still not be coming onto the school grounds ...

The school I work at is allowing them on site.  However they must drop and leave and as soon as we see the parents out there in the afternoon the child is released.

The school did put out a note saying that parents should take advantage of the new independence that their child/children had gained when no parents were allowed on site and continue to with the kiss and drop strategy.

I have noticed less parents on the school grounds.

I've just gone through my emails and from June 29 parents have been allowed back on site.

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Expelliarmus
37 minutes ago, Heather11 said:

The school I work at is allowing them on site.  However they must drop and leave and as soon as we see the parents out there in the afternoon the child is released.

The school did put out a note saying that parents should take advantage of the new independence that their child/children had gained when no parents were allowed on site and continue to with the kiss and drop strategy.

I have noticed less parents on the school grounds.

I've just gone through my emails and from June 29 parents have been allowed back on site.

My site leader has not followed through on this. I did an email search as well and found it.

Pick up at the gate is a nightmare. Plus they are locking parents out and it means students cannot enter buildings it's a nightmare all round. I wish they'd relax it as indeed they can.

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LucyGoose

In non COVID times,  we collect FYOS children from the classroom.  They allow siblings to collect them .   

Grade 1 and 2 can walk to kiss & go on their own.

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MadMarchMasterchef
Posted (edited)
4 hours ago, Expelliarmus said:

In SA parents should still not be coming onto the school grounds ...

Yeah Id be happy to wait in my car.  Im really  confused! 

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MadMarchMasterchef
3 hours ago, Heather11 said:

The school I work at is allowing them on site.  However they must drop and leave and as soon as we see the parents out there in the afternoon the child is released.

The school did put out a note saying that parents should take advantage of the new independence that their child/children had gained when no parents were allowed on site and continue to with the kiss and drop strategy.

I have noticed less parents on the school grounds.

I've just gone through my emails and from June 29 parents have been allowed back on site.

Thanks that's actually what Ive done.  

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