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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  • yep will definitely work because after all teachers have families too and need to go home to their families.

    • Indeed – it makes everyone responsible and accountable for their own children and families.


  • Its says that after school care is available. There’s no excuse for the parent then. i put my kid in before and after school care. Sometimes she’s there only 15 mins but it’s the school rules. you are allowed 15 mins before school and 15 min after school, otherwise they put the kids in the out of hours care. It’s not the schools responsibility to look after them out of the hours. Good on them. Plus it’s an independent school, parents should be able to afford the out of school care.


  • Teachers have places to go, lives and families too. So I totally understand them getting annoyed by having to stay back for parents who are always running late


  • It’s a good idea because alot of parents use school as a baby sitting service and run late on purpose knowing that someone else will look after their kids for 5 – 10 minutes while they finish what they are doing.


  • Or they should introduce an after school care system where parents can leave their kids there if they know they r going to pick them up late


  • It seems to be working so must be a good idea


  • The initiative appears to be a success when the late arrivals have reduced in number!


  • If they decided to do so, it’s because a lot of parents are constantly late. And who has to supervise the kids meanwhile?


  • 10$/for 15min that a lot…i will be mad if i will get fine for being stack in traffic jam…its ok if its regular thing done by parents but not one off…


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