This U.K. school planned to offer incentives to parents who volunteer more of their time.
Lane Primary School in Greater Manchester, sent home a letter to parents about implementing a new structure to the PTA and perks for parents who volunteer more of their time.
The letter outlines the list of perks, such as VIP seats and free drinks at assemblies, free school photos, and free tickets to school events.
The school also proposed the use of a new four-tiered system to divide the PTA.
Tier 1 members would get the best perks, while Tier 4 are families who simply attend school events and got nothing.
The list was soon withdrawn though, as it faced backlash from parents who were unimpressed by its ignorance to single or working parents.
“I feel for the parents who work and cannot take time off to be part of the PTA, who don’t have holidays or free evenings,” one mum tells Metro UK.”
“It’s not fair on single parents, or those who have children they can’t leave in the evening. It’s penalizing people.”
The school has since apologized, and stated that the notice was simply meant to bring in more volunteers and show appreciation for those that helped.
Samantha Foord, head teacher at Heyes Lane, wrote: ‘I am writing to you to respond to the feedback from parents and carers regarding the flyer sent out yesterday about our PTA recruitment drive.
‘I would like to wholeheartedly apologise for any offence caused and to assure you that following your feedback, we will not be introducing this idea.
‘The last thing I wanted to happen is to upset or offend any part of our wonderful school community.
‘The motivation behind the flyer was simply to drum up more volunteers and I thought the incentives were a way for the school to show its appreciation for parents and carers who volunteer to help.’
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