Don’t be late to pick up your kids from school…or you may be fined. An Australian school has implemented new rules to impose a fine on parents and carers who collect their children late from school.
An independent school in Victoria has implemented this policy change after students were regularly being picked up long after school had finished.
Al Siraat College in Epping are fining parents $10 per child and for every 15 minutes they are left unsupervised after school.
The Islamic school finishes at 3.45pm from Monday to Thursday and at 2.30pm on Fridays after prayer time is over.
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Head of Operations of the school, Leah Hamel spoke to Daily Mail saying the new policy was put into place to keep its students as safe as possible.
“Child safety is our number one priority which is why we introduced the procedure that parents may receive a late pick up charge if their child/children stay after hours,” said Mrs Hamel.
Parents do have the option of using the after-school care facilities if they need to collect the children after school ends.
Mrs Hamel noted that since this new ruling was implemented in mid-July, the number of children left late after school has significantly reduced.
For logistical reasons, the school is using a log book to keep track of students and for the account department to charge parents who are late.
However, parents can call the school office if they have a legitimate reason for collecting after school hours.
“Working together is the only way forward and we welcome any suggestions that can help us to improve our procedures and processes,” Mrs Hamel said.
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