Tuesday, 1 April 2008

It had to happen...

We've been leaving for school later and later. Its a 10 minute relaxed walk at 4 year old pace, stopping to look at every leaf and twig on the way. Or a 7 minute rush. The doors open at twenty past and you're supposed to be there before 830 or 130. Although supposedly they stay open for an extra five minutes before you're out of luck - no school for you! I say supposedly because Lily and I got there at 130 today only to find the doors firmly shut. Too late! I rang the buzzers in vain and then gave up knowing that everyone was in class and no one was going to answer anyway. The rules are quite strict. So no school for Lily and no time off for me. You can be sure we'll be leaving home earlier in future.

7 comments:

Function of Time said...

WOW! That would never happen here. It's quite strict indeed.

The Duchess said...

Ooh, that is strict. Haven't been late yet ourselves (we have the same opening times), but have narrowly escaped closure on several occasions. So you couldn't get in at all? I'm pretty here someone would let the stragglers in, but only after a severe telling off!

Penny said...

Hi Duchess - yes it was a good warning for us as we've also had narrow escapes. I've found before with our school that there really is no one wandering around outside the classes - when we've had to ring the buzzer to go in and accompany the kids for an outing, it takes ages for anyone to answer. Also the directrice is a bit scary (although the kids love her) and she may well be Lily's teacher next year so, so I thought it was better to cut my losses than make a scene by repeating ringing the buzzer and risk getting a telling off from her!

Penny said...

Colleen - it would never happen in Australia either :)

misschrisc said...

French daycares are strict too. A friend had her daughter in a creche near Annemasse that gave you twenty minutes leeway to pick up your kids and then they took them too the police station and left them there for you. I was shocked and said "nooooo"
they wouldn´t really do this would they! I mean it´s just an idle threat right?" and she claimed it had happened to two of the mothers that year alone! Eeeks, imagine the poor two year old left abandoned in the police station!

Anonymous said...

I can just imagine the outrage by all parents if they tried that on here!! Especially at daycare! Most of the mums think the $1 a minute fine that you're late is bad enough.

How many absent days are you allowed? And do you get in trouble the next day for skipping a class?

The Late Bloomer said...

Yikes! That muzt have been frustrating... And it's good to know for future reference, as I have a heck of a lot to learn with raising kids -- steep learning curve!