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Posted on March 2, 2013 12:39 am
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Zafer Unal
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The parent who always brings her kids late
One of your students is consistently brought late to school. Not only does he miss the morning drill, but usually at least 20 minutes of instruction. When he finally arrives, the classroom routine is interrupted by the parent's apology and excuses, and you must take time away from the other students to help the child get his day started. You realize the parent is having a difficult time at home. Well?
 
     
     
 
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Solution 1
Posted April 18, 2013 6:45 pm

Lili G
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As the teacher, I would first and foremost respectfully ask the parent to try to bring their child in early (making sure to include that I understand the fact that mornings can be crazy and that things happen, but also expressing my concerns- the interruptions as well as the fact that the tardiness is interfering with the classroom routine, including explanations and examples). If the parent expressed some type of morning troubles, I would suggest (and offer to help if needed) to the parent to see if there are other families that live in the same area to see if there is a possibility of a car-pool. I would also suggest the bus system (if available), and look into the matter for the parent to help them out.
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ypuqum
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I like your solution. Showing the parent that you are willing to help resolve the issue rather than just point it out is the best way to go.
  Posted on: October 16, 2014 6:06 pm

ezaDyR
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Being on time is something that affects you on a daily basis. Starting young by getting your children on time will set a good foundation or them to always be on time for everything. I would inform the parents the correct time to arrive at school, if that time seems to be a problem I would suggest a relative to take the child, a family friend, or even other classmates. It may be difficult to make it work, but there will be a way.
  Posted on: October 17, 2014 12:10 am

Brianne Blowers
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I think this solution could respectfully help this situation.
  Posted on: October 19, 2014 10:18 pm

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Solution 2
Posted April 18, 2013 6:47 pm

eWaPyH
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The excessive tardies will need to be handled by the administration. As far as the classroom interruptions; one morning when you see the parent and student coming, meet them outside. Advise the student to go inside, unpack, and join the class in the morning assignment. While outside, explain the situation to the parent. Tell them that their child is missing valuable education time when he or she is being brought late. Tell the parent that there are morning when everyone takes a little longer getting ready, but if it continues the mother will have to drop the child off outside the classroom. Once the bell rings, the inside of the classroom is for learning only.
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Solution 3
Posted March 16, 2015 2:41 am

equLyV
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I would have a conference with the parents to figure out the reasons behind their child's tardiness and come up with some solutions to the problem. In my experience, the main reason why students are late to school is because they no longer or do not live within the district or school zone. At this point, a social worker and administration referral should be submitted. Rarely has a child came to school late because of their parents' work schedule or just sleeping late unless some disorder or extenuating circumstance has been documented. That child deserves a quality education and arriving at school late hinders that child from maximizing their educational experience.
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Solution 4
Posted March 11, 2015 11:34 pm

aNuLyB
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I understand that parents have situations that arise, but it is still the responsibility of the parent to get their kids to school on time. The student is missing valuable instruction time. I would hand the situation over to the Guidance Counselor. The GC would be able to get down to the reasons the parent is having a difficult at home.
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