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Should schools let parents walk their children to classrooms?



It's not a weighty political question. But after seeing some moms and dads sadly watch their kids head to class this morning, it's at least worth asking.

As families gathered outside Sand Pine Elementary School in Wesley Chapel, the staff prepared to head off parents who planned to enter the campus to steer the youngsters to their classrooms. The sign by the fence said it all: "Parents will no longer be permitted to walk students to class in the morning."

The primary objective was for the school to have a better handle what on adults were there. A week into the school year, the kids know where to go, parents were told.

"If you want to walk with him ... get a tag from the office," an administrator told one father who tried to sneak by. "Otherwise, they need to get to class. They do pretty well."

Just a few miles up the road at Seven Oaks Elementary, parents poured onto campus without getting a second glance. Principal B.J. Smith said the school always has allowed it, and had no plans to change. 

Is there a right answer to this issue? Should elementary schools permit parents to escort their kids on campus each day? Or not?

[Last modified: Tuesday, August 28, 2012 12:22pm]


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