Courts will argue that it is a practice known to Schools for parents to leave pupils before hours or collect them after hours, and in that acceptance is the obligation to provide supervision. However, there is some mitigation which can be made. We recommend that a note is sent to all parents at the beginning of term advising them of the hours at which the School can accept responsibility for their children. A sample circular would include:
“The School will open to receive pupils at the hour of 9 a.m. No responsibility is accepted for pupils arriving before that time. Classes will commence each day at 9.15 a.m. No pupils should arrive later than 9.10 a.m.
Classes will end each day at 3 p.m. Parents who wish to have their children escorted home should make their own arrangements to have them met at the School gate and the person to escort them should be at the School not later than 3 p.m. as the School cannot accept responsibility for looking after the children after that time.”
NOTE: The times shown are for illustrative purposes only. When issuing such a circular you should insert the actual times which are in operation for your school.