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School Charges Parents Fee For Being Late

School Charges Parents Fee For Being Late

This article is about an elementary school in Portland that has started a program to charge parents a fee for being late to pick up their children.  The “child care fee”, which is $5 for every 10 minutes that a parent is late, is designed to encourage chronically late parents to pick up their kids on time.  The school district says that the fee will be used to cover the cost of having a school staff member wait around until the child’s parents finally arive.  However, if a parent has a legitimate excuse for being late, the fee will be waived.

The main ethical concern here is whether the late fee is morally justified.  Some parents oppose the fee because they claim that the monetary fee is unfair to economically challenged parents who already struggle to pay for other school related costs such as school supplies.  However, other parents view the fee as an strong incentive to make sure that every parent picks up their kid on time.  I believe that the fee is justified because parents who are late and force school staff members to stay around longer should have to pay for that cost.  Caring for one’s children should be a top priority for all parents, and this fee reinforces that principle.

R. Brow

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  1. mbrooke
    October 25, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    I think the fee is a wonderful idea. No matter the financial situation of the parent that is late, the teachers are responsible for making sure their child is safe after school hours. They should be paid for thier extra time. Parents should be greatful that the teachers are willing to care for thier child while they wait on the parents to pick them up. there have been so many child kidnappings lately that this should be a requirement of the schools, and a fee parents should pay willingly.

  2. cwmoore11
    November 2, 2009 at 1:11 pm


    This fee situation is funny, but realistic. I know when I was in elementary school; there were parents that took forever to pick their kids up. These parents are slacking on their parental duties. It is not the schools responsibilities to watch for these kids after hours. Parents know from the get go what time their kids should be picked up, and if that is not a possibility they should make other arrangements. The fees this school is implementing will help open the eyes of the parents and realize what they failed on. The fees are reasonable and are not going to break anyone. Kids should not have stand out in the weather for their parents who are failing on their duties.

  3. okazako1
    November 5, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    I think it is wrong to charge parents a fee for being late. Sometimes it is traffic, sometimes something at work, or some other emergencies that delay parents from picking their kids on time. Schools should have play rooms for the kids while they are whaiting for their parents. In this economy, it is an extra expense that I think unjustified and should not be implemented in any way.

  4. yulianap
    November 5, 2009 at 11:14 pm

    How are they going to decide whether the excuse is legitimate or not? It seems to me that every parent could have a reasonable excuse. This policy sounds like a good idea but only for those parents that are chronically late. It seems the school has to find a better way to implement it or otherwise it will be unjust to all parents.

  5. hpaukov1
    November 6, 2009 at 11:24 am

    I think that schools should not charge a fee for late parents. I think that if children are instructed the right way what to do when a situation occurs that their parent is going to be late than there should be no problem with child ubduction. I think if parents are responsible enough they will try and not be late to pick up their children. though there will be times when things come up so like I said if children know what do when things like that happen then there should be no problem.

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