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Posted on October 15, 2016 12:37 am
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aDaWaV
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Field trip go wrong
I had parents chaperon for our field trip to an amusement park. The one mom took her group which had her child in it, out of the permitter of where they were allowed to go. I told her many times to stay where they were permitted but she keeps doing it. Do I take her group and tell her to leave since she is responsible for the children in her group?
 
     
     
 
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Solution 1
Posted October 15, 2016 3:45 am

Husava
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I would let her know she is putting other kids in a uncomfortable position and even in danger. If she can not follow the program she will have to leave.
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Nicole McVey
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I would explain respectfully that she is putting the children at risk, and being a bad example to the children by being disobedient. I would ask her once more to respect the rules of the field trip or her participation/volunteering for chaperoning will be revoked.
  Posted on: October 15, 2016 4:54 am

Kristen OBryant
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Yes. And make sure that she knows where the boundaries are in case she doesn't realize that she is doing something wrong.
  Posted on: October 16, 2016 2:41 am

Kathy Allen
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This is a great idea!
  Posted on: February 23, 2018 9:54 pm

WeDyje
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yes i agree with this solution it would have to be professional though and not as though you are attacking her.
  Posted on: July 7, 2018 2:34 pm

aLureP
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Agreed! She is responsible of her group and must correctly follow the guidelines.
  Posted on: October 15, 2018 12:53 am

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Solution 2
Posted February 26, 2017 4:54 pm

Melissa Dison
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Hi aDaWaV,

First, I would make sure that the parent is aware of the perimeters. Perhaps she is confused as to where exactly the perimeters are. If she is not confused about this and is blatantly going against instructions, then I would explain to her the importance of keeping them in the perimeter (i.e. student safety). If the mom still goes against this after you explicitly explain the purpose of perimeters, then I would regroup the students and chaperones in a way that puts the mom in with your group. If there aren't enough chaperones to accommodate this regrouping, consider creating larger groups of students so that you can be in the same group as the mother. It is better to be safe than sorry. Basically, regroup, make it through the day, and do not invite that parent to chaperone again. If she tries to chaperone again in the future, just find a way to politely explain that she is not needed.

Melissa
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Solution 3
Posted October 17, 2016 2:31 am

qunumy
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I would address the mother again and let her know that she is responsible for other students and that there is a reason that there are boundaries. Inform her that she could be putting other children along with her and her own child in harms way. While informing her of that let her know that if she can't be responsible and respectful of the boundaries that you are going to have to charge of the group.
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ZaBuBy
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I agree, having their own child in the group may make it feel like they can do what they please.
  Posted on: February 24, 2017 3:44 am

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Solution 4
Posted February 21, 2017 10:25 pm

Gytusa
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I would let the parent know that where she is taking the students is not in the program. Explain to her that the other students in other groups are not going to those areas so for one, it is unfair to the other students. Secondly, she has her own child in that group who is most likely having a say in where they are going. If it keeps happening I would change the child out of his mothers group.
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Solution 5
Posted March 6, 2017 2:03 am

Andrea Howey
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I would tell her that she will not be welcomed back on field trips if she could not handle following instructions.
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Solution 6
Posted February 24, 2017 3:43 am

ZaBuBy
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I would tell the parent that because of her disregard to your instructions, that the class will no longer need her as a chaperon.
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Solution 7
Posted October 9, 2017 8:50 pm

vugage
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I would tell the parent that she is legally responsible for those children and taking them out of the assigned area could result in legal accusations.
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Solution 8
Posted October 7, 2017 5:19 am

yPeMug
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I would not allow her to chaperone again, if she cannot follow simple rules that you asked her to follow, as well as the school itself, she does not need to be representing the school and in charge of children that could get lost.
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Solution 9
Posted March 5, 2017 3:44 am

Lynn Krivoruchka
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When I read this, it seems to me that since her child is in the group, that she can take the entire group out of the permitter that has been set. If you take her child out of the group, then the problem might dissolve.
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Solution 10
Posted October 4, 2017 12:23 am

aNaMeJ
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I would explain to the parent they need to follow the rules. If she continues, talk to the school administration about not having her chaperone anymore.
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Solution 11
Posted October 16, 2017 1:32 am

ReLeve
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I would let her know that she is putting not only her kid, but other parent's children at risk. If she continues to do so, let her know that the principal will be notified and her chaperone privileges will be revoked. I would not give her a second chance, (seeing as you already have after telling her many times), as there are probably plenty of other parents who will follow the guidelines who would love to chaperone for you.
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