School Drop-Off Advice From a Real Life School Teacher
Now that school is back in session, parents will feel the joy of dropping their kids off in the morning. For some it will be a brand new experience, and for many more it will be a painful reminder of how stupid some people can be. PLEASE take these tips and implement them into your daily drop-off routine!
1. WEAR CLOTHING!
We don’t even care if you drive in your jammies, just put something on.
2. STAY IN YOUR CAR!
If the sidewalk is on the passenger side, move your child’s car seat to the backseat passenger side so they can get out of the car safely and you can stay in the car to avoid getting hit by impatient parents that will pull out of the car line and zip past you. If you have multiple children in your car, make sure they ALL get out on the side with the sidewalk and not open the door into moving traffic!
3. PULL UP!
If you see a teacher motioning you to pull up a little further before your child gets out of the car, just do it. That teacher is not exercising or dancing, well, I might be, just pull up so we can keep the line moving.
4. YOUR CHILD WILL NOT MELT!
If it is raining, still pull up. It is okay if your child gets a little wet. It’s rain. They will dry.
5. DO NOT TEXT AND DROP OFF!! I SEE YOU!!
Put your phone down during drop-off and pay attention to the car in front of you!
6. WE HAVE A RUNNER!
Keep your eyes open for children that get out of their car and decide they don’t want to come to school, so they take off running in between cars, then the teachers have to take off running in between cars and across the playground. People I can’t make this stuff up! This has happened and these kids are fast!!
7. BE PATIENT!
The first two weeks of morning drop-off are going to take longer than usual. Plan ahead. Let your boss know you might be late. If they don’t understand, ask them to drop off your child or ride along with you so they do understand.
8. FANCY GOOD-BYE
Say your good-byes as you are pulling into the drop-off line so when you stop your child is able to jump out of the car and hustle into the building. Fancy hand-shakes and good-bye routines are super cool, just get it done before you turn that corner!
9. SMOKE ALONE
Save your morning smoke or vape for after you drop off your child. Smoking is illegal on school property and when your child opens the car door and smoke rolls out, we know what you have been doing with your child in the car and windows rolled up. Not cool.
Bottom line is this, we want to make morning drop-off as smooth and quick as possible and if all parents will follow the simple suggestions listed above, we will have a great start to our school year. We love all of our children at the school and want them to arrive safely each and every day.