I have a friend in Louisiana. Let's call her Mrs. Friend because I'm creative like that. Her daughter, despite being dropped off at the entryway at least 20 minutes before the start of school each day, has been marked as tardy four times this school year.
In Mrs. Friend's school district, it's a $50 fine and MANDATORY parenting classes if Little Friend is tardy more than FIVE times in a given school year. The school year isn't even halfway over yet. Mrs. Friend is upset and angry.
I should imagine that if the school building is open that someone should be there to tell Little Friend and others to get to class. I have a lot of problems with our local elementary, but I will say that at arrival and dismissal times, there is a teacher or aide stationed at about every corner to ensure that children don't get lost and/or to avert whatever potential problems might arise when 600-odd children under 12 might be congregating. If no one is at least reasonably watching that children are safe and where they need to be, what is happening to them? How do we know that they are safe after we drop them off?
I'm upset for my friend. Maybe something should have been done/brought to her attention way before. Maybe there needs to be a change in dropoff procedures, or bla bla whatever. But calling a kindergartener HABITUALLY TARDY, and slapping parents with a $50 fine and mandatory parenting classes? Parenting classes??? Isn't that just going to take valuable class space away from oh, I dunno, people who beat and starve their kids or something?
Am I just hyper-freaking about too much governmental control into parenting and family life because I'm a homeschooler and I can afford to scream about it? Is this just a normal "natural consequence" of tardiness in your district? Suspension might be in mine after a point. But that's usually an upper-grade thing and I've never heard of such a thing at the elementary level. I suppose it's possible; I just have never heard of such a thing before.
Naturally, I side with my friend and think she is being treated unfairly. But perhaps this is not an unusual circumstance, and I'd like to hear what my blog friends think.