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Late Collection Policy

 

Dunham on Trent CE Primary

Late Collection Policy

(Spring Term 2015)

 

INTRODUCTION

This policy will provide clear guidelines for parents/carers/guardians, authorised persons, governors and staff in relation to their responsibilities for the delivery and collection of children to school.

 

AIMS

The aim of this policy is to:

  • Ensure the safe delivery and collection of pupils being cared for or educated on our premises.
  • Encourage families to deliver and collect their child/ren on time.

 

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

 

The school is responsible for:

  • Providing parents/carers with a copy of this policy when their child/young person starts school and ensuring a copy is made available at all times.
  • Being available to assist in the situation of the late collection of a child.
  • Contacting parents/carers/authorised persons, who do not follow the correct procedures stated in the policy.
  • Contacting parents/carers to gain authorisation if a person who is not the expected person, arrives to collect a child.
  • The supervision of children/young person once on the premises between the hours of 8.40am and 3.30pm.  This time is extended if the child/young person attends an after-school club.

 

Parents/guardians are responsible for:

  • Collecting their child promptly at the conclusion of the school day.
  • Ensuring the school has details of persons who have lawful authority to collect their child/ren (usually the parents/carers) and any other person authorised to collect their child/ren.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ORGANISATION

 

Delivery of pupils to school:

  • Parents/carers must ensure that their child/ren arrives at school promptly at 8.50am.
  • Children/parents should go straight to the playground (not line up outside class 1 & 2 doors). A member of staff is on playground duty from 8.40am)
  • Children arriving on the school bus will be met by a member of staff and directed onto the playground.
  • When the bell is rung the children will line up with their own class on the playground. The member of staff on duty will escort class 1, 2 & 4 children to their classes.  Class 3 will enter by their own classroom door which is off the playground. Class 1 children who are with their parent/carer may walk round to their classroom with that adult.
  • Children may also be ‘dropped off’ in the bus bay if a member of staff is there to ease parking along Laneham Road. Staff will then ensure that the child arrives at their class safely.

 

Late delivery of pupils to school:

  • If a child arrives after 8.50am they should enter the school by the main entrance only

 

Persistent late arrivals:

  • Parents of pupils who are persistently arriving late will be contacted by the Headteacher in the first instance to discuss reasons for lateness.  The school will work to support parents to ensure their child/ren arrive on time for school.
  • Parents will be informed that the EWO will be contacted if lateness continues.
  • Records of referrals to the EWO will be kept by the Headteacher.

 

Collection from school at the end of the school day:

  • Parents should arrive promptly at 3.30pm and notify the school as soon as possible if they are going to be late.
  • If a parent/carer is late they must collect their child from the Reception area.
  • In the interest of children’s safety any child whose parent/carer is late should sit quietly in the reception area and wait to be collected. (The child will not be permitted to wait at the school gate or ‘wander’ up and down Laneham Road).
  • In the event of lateness being a regular problem then the EWO/Social Care will be informed.

 

 

Collection from school from After-school clubs:

  • Parents should arrive promptly at the club finishing time and notify the school as soon as possible if they are going to be late.
  • In the interest of children’s safety any child whose parent/carer is late should sit quietly in the reception area and wait to be collected. (The child will not be permitted to wait at the school gate or ‘wander’ up and down Laneham Road).
  • In the event of children being collected late from a club on a regular basis then the adult running the club reserves the right to ask the child not attend in the future.

 

Collection from school during the school day;

  • All adults must report to the school office.

 

 

LATE COLLECTION OF A CHILD

 

Staff are responsible for:

  • In the situation where the parents/carers or authorised person is late in collecting their child/ren and has not notified the school that they will be late, the member of staff is responsible for contacting parents/carers and, if they are not available, contacting the next person authorised to collect the child/ren requesting that they collect the child as soon as possible.

 

Parents/carers/guardians/authorised persons are responsible for:

  • Informing the school as soon as reasonably possible, that their child will be collected late, the reason for this and the approximate time for collection.
  • Ensuring that late collection is not a regular occurrence.

 

Consistent late collection of a child/ren from school:

  • If parents are regularly late collecting their child/ren from school, the Headteacher will contact them to discuss the matter further.  If there is no improvement, the Designated person for Child Protection will refer the matter to Social Care.

 

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