dismissal routine

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  1. trying2serve

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    HELP!!
    We have the parents come to our class for dismissal, thought this would work best. BUT today one student snuck out while we were attending to other students/talking with parents. HIS MOTHER FOUND HIM OUTSIDE OUR BUILDING!!!:eek: This has not happened in my 7 years teaching . I know we definitely messed up, but I am not sure how to fix this. Any ideas on how everyone else deals with the end of class chaos are greatly appreciated!
     
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    Get the parents out of there. Adding that many adults to an already confusing situation is an invitation for chaos. I have a good classroom design for dismissal...I can see out to the parking lot. I have the parents walk to the door to the building that's nearest my room, and my kids sit on the carpet. When 2-3 parents are there, I call those kids and escort them out the door while my aide watches the rest of the class. If all 20 parents show up at once, I still only dismiss 2-3 at a time so that I can see who gets to which parent, etc. I also stress to parents at open house (and again in the first newsletter) that dismissal time is NOT a good time to talk to me about their kid. I'm too preoccupied with making sure everyone gets to where they need to be, and time chatting with parents means unsupervised children...never a good thing. I encourage them to write notes and put them in their children's daily folders, to email me, or if they REALLY want to see me in person, just to wait around until all kids have been dismissd and then I'll be available to chat.
    Kim
     
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    this is sort of what we are thinking of doing - there is a window in my door and our thought was to have the parents wait outside the class and I would take the kids out. Thanks for your feedback!
     
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    I make the parents wait outside, then I send the children out as I see their parents. That also discourages parents from trying to ask questions after school.
     
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    When I taught preschool, we had the children sit on the floor in the foyer of the church where we had the preschool. The parents would form a line in the driveway with their vehicles and we took the kids out to them when it was their turn. That seemed to work really well and it certainly cut down on the parents wanting to talk to us after school.
     
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    We pretty much did last year what teach12 described above. We had 4 classes together for arrival, so the parents pulled up into the circle drive, unbuckled their kids, and got them ready. The para's were outside, and brought them inside to the teachers, who were each waiting in a particular spot. For dismissal, we reversed that... the kids all sat on the bench/floor until their car pulled up, then the para's took them out. Curbed parents wanting to talk to us, and was VERY efficient.
     
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    we have our parents come to the class. we have our kids sit on the carpet, my assistant with them, while i check through the window for moms. We have one or two moms come in at a time, closing the door behind them. That way they cannot get out without a parent. I teach two's and it works well for us
     
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    thnak you, thank you, thank you everyone. I am feeling much better about our plan of action!
     
  10. MsAnn

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    We have parents come to the classes for pick up but what I do is:

    I put their bags, coats, etc. lined up in the hallway and the parents knock the door for pick up. I have them all sit in the center of the room and wait until their name is called. They do not get up and they all wait anxiously for Mom or Dad. It works very well, they can hear me when I call their name, they are all accounted for and it goes smoothly.
     
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    today the parebts waited at the bottom of the steps and we sent the kids down to them one at a time. It worked really well and I am able to put a message board down there for little notes and reminders. I am thankful for all the feedback and support!
     
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    Something simular happened at our school... the next day we made the policy that the parents not come into building to pick up children... we take them as a class to doorway, have them sit in hall and the teachers walk them to car or to waiting parents... It was very scary for us when that happened.... we just wrote a letter and had no complaints (we explained our concerns for the safety of children)
     
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    I am so glad that worked out for you. It certainly sounds like things went a lot smoother.
     
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    I am a parent of a preschooler. The children are either outside or inside depending on the weather. There is one teacher who greets each parent and then retrieves the child. It is nice to have someone greet me. That person also shares about my child's day. I believe it is very important to hear about my child. I was disappointed to read that some preschool teachers try to avoid the parents at the end of the day.
     
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    We have playground the last 30 minutes (11:30-noon) so the parents come to the gate to pick them up- works out very well! They stand outside and the child comes to them.
     
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    At our preschool, we have a sign-out sheet hanging on a clipboard that is hung outside of our classroom door; the parents all have to sign it next to their child's name. Our school is fortunate to have 2 teachers, so one teacher does a closing time song with the children while the other goes into the hall to inform the parents of what we did today and give them any announcements. When the teacher comes back into the classroom, she grabs the sign-out sheet, and then dismisses the children one by one, making sure each child gets to their parent. This keeps the parents out, and insures that the children are safely excused. And then if the parents need to speak with either of us, they have to wait until all the children have been excused!
     
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    I am a Head Start teacher. Our dismissal is similar to Kimrandy1. The parents line up and sign their child out. My assistant and I are at the circle are with the kids. We ask the children "Whos' mother is this wearing the red shirt or father" etc(family members)..the children like to tell us who is their family menber and their peers sees their families. The smile on their face are great to see when they see their families.Our parent schedules meeting with us before class or after the class has ended for the day. It us to busy during arrival and dismissal.
    I hope this might help.
     

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