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Old 09-23-2014, 08:37 PM
 
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All children shouldn't be restricted due to a small percentage of students might have custody issues. If a parent fears another parent will contact a child without court permission, that parent should make arrangements to protect that particular child.
I agree with you here. If a parent has specific concerns such as custody they need to put things in placerror that work forbthem...it would be a simple....don't let Susie walk.....not prevent ever other child that doesn't have the specific concerns from walking.
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Old 09-23-2014, 08:44 PM
 
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I have friends who live in NYC and even their the kids as young as in Kindergarten can walk to and from school.

I am so glad that my son doesn't have to live in a bubble and he knows what it is like to gain confidence and to explore his world on his own terms
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Old 09-23-2014, 09:55 PM
 
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I have friends who live in NYC and even their the kids as young as in Kindergarten can walk to and from school.

I am so glad that my son doesn't have to live in a bubble and he knows what it is like to gain confidence and to explore his world on his own terms
Yep, when I lived in Brooklyn my train was full of kids taking the subway to school alone every morning. No one thought anything of it.
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Old 09-23-2014, 11:18 PM
 
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That is shocking...all districts we've been in let kids as young as 1st grade walk....the most restrictIon is that parents of the walking kids are asked to let the school know they are allowed to walk.

When my daughter was in second grade she had some friends who were bus riders...but once a week they came to our home and I took them to ballet class. At the start of the year the parents let the school know..and that was it.

Honestly there is a huge problem with this current mindset.
I don't believe there is, in this school district. In many neighborhood schools in Philly you'd be letting them walk off from school into war zones.

The teachers will not let them go until a parent/authorized person/sibling picks them up, and they know they're leaving with someone they're supposed to leave with.

Just sending a small child off to walk alone or even wait for a city bus in the hood is irresponsible and I'm glad they care enough to make sure the kids are safe, at least for that moment.

Not all schools are in suburban Mayberry where there's nothing to worry about while getting to and from school.
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Old 09-24-2014, 06:54 AM
 
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I don't believe there is, in this school district. In many neighborhood schools in Philly you'd be letting them walk off from school into war zones.

The teachers will not let them go until a parent/authorized person/sibling picks them up, and they know they're leaving with someone they're supposed to leave with.

Just sending a small child off to walk alone or even wait for a city bus in the hood is irresponsible and I'm glad they care enough to make sure the kids are safe, at least for that moment.

Not all schools are in suburban Mayberry where there's nothing to worry about while getting to and from school.
I live in the suburbs across the bridge and they have strict rules as I posted earlier. Maybe it's a regional thing. When my son has after school activities and if late bus is not available, the teachers is not going to let him out the door unless a parent/guardian picks him up. I've gotten phone calls in the past when I am 5-10 minutes late because they are simply not going to leave my child there.

In my area, walking to the school is not an option unless you are just down the street. Roads were not designed with pedestrians in mind. I consider my neighborhood pretty safe small neighborhood and there is not way any parent going to let their 6 years old out alone (maybe in a group) but there is always at least one parent from the group that does the monitoring.
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