Steve Knox: A message for parents who dawdle during drop-off/pick-up times

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Steve Knox
Tuesday, February 25, 2014

If your child goes to school in Janesville you are more than familiar with the number 743-5000. If not, it's the district robo-call number that's used for school closings, upcoming events or school specific reminders. Needless to say, with the weather this winter the closing reminder has been a student favorite (until they get to make up the days in June).

Another popular one I've received is one about reminding parents to follow the rules during drop off and pick-up each morning. It's a simple stop, drop and go process but some parents either still don't get it or they feel they and their children are special. Our principal is so polite each time she sends this message. Yes, each time. She sends it out on a regular basis. In my opinion our principal is too polite. How many times will it take? If you don't mind, I've penned a rough draft of the next message to be sent from 743-5000. I can deliver it if you'd like. Here it is:

“Good evening parents. What is up with your lack of understanding with a simple drop off rule? You've been told at least five times. We will be sending out personalized notes to each of you who think it doesn't matter and that little Johnny or Jill deserve more or the rules don't apply to you or your kids. The Janesville PD will hand deliver them—with love. Our principal has better things to do than babysit you. Got it? Good. Thank you and have an enjoyable night."

Teachers and administration have to put up with enough. A friend of mine put it best—enough of the hand holding. Follow the rules, get over your entitlement and be an example for your kids who are always watching.

I agree. What do you think?

Steve Knox was born and raised in Janesville before landing back in the city later in life. This Generation X guy writes on Janesville and beyond. Steve is a community blogger and is not a part of The Gazette staff. His opinion is not necessarily that of the The Gazette staff or management.

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