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.

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.

It’s Working

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.

Do you think it’s appropriate for parents to be fined for picking up late? Tell us in the comments below.

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  • I think this is great. I know some parents taking advantages of keeping them bit more after school.


  • I think this is a great idea. As mentioned, after school care is provided if need be but kids need to be collected on time if not using those facilities. After the bell rings, teachers etc should not have to be accountable when they have other work they need to be doing.


  • It’s a bit over the top but at least it makes sure the kids are safe if the parents turn up on time


  • This is ridiculous. Is it actually costing the school anything? I was under the impression this is a secondary school.


  • Great idea all parents should have someone to pick up their own children. They should be fined for getting their children to school ate in the morning too!


  • Great idea, after all someone has to stay with them until the parents arrive, and if it is working then great. Like they said you have the option of calling and letting them know you will be late and they can go to after school care.


  • She did say that if parents call the school with a legitimate reason that’s fine. Sometimes things happen, if your running for work you call.. Call the school aswell!


  • Schools are not babysitters. They have an open and close time. Extra time needs to be paid for.


  • I think it is fair and appropriate!


  • Wow, that’s hard core! I fully understand why they feel the need to implement it and it’s good to see if parents let the school know they’ll be late, they avoid the fine. Sometimes lateness is unavoidable. And why are the kids at school unsupervised? When my kids were at school, the teachers didn’t leave til all the kids were gone. I always rang if I was going to be late. My kids were too important and precious to me for me to want to risk anything bad happening to them.


  • I can see this being fantastic. Provided parents are given the chance to call in with a valid reason and avoid a fine


  • Yep I think it is a great idea. The day care we use has the same policy.


  • My sons childcare has the same policy and it’s not an issue


  • Well, I think up to 15 minutes or so is okay. After that, fair enough to levy a charge.


  • a tricky one


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