In what is believed to be a world record, a parent from Everyday P-12 School was spotted in the carpark at 10.00am for the 3.30pm after-school pick-up.
The mother in question, Ms Janelle Watson, dropped her son Latham at school at the usual time of 8.30am this morning. She then spent thirty minutes loitering in her son’s Year 2 classroom. Ms Watson organised her son’s desk by placing his workbooks under his pencil case, sharpening his pencils and placing his stuffed toys around his workspace. She reluctantly left the classroom at 9.05am and her car was seen leaving the car park shortly thereafter.
I’d be surprised if Janelle went anywhere at all. It seems she’s backed out, driven a lap of the block and pulled back in to the car park.
However business manager, Mrs Dorothy Reid, reports sighting the car back in a car park adjacent to the school entrance by 10.00am. ‘I’d be surprised if Janelle went anywhere at all. It seems she’s backed out, driven a lap of the block and pulled back in to the car park. I spotted her car at 10.00am but she could’ve been there for fifteen, twenty minutes beforehand.’
Mrs Reid states that parent arrival times have been getting earlier with parking spaces at the front of the school at a premium. ‘The first parents used to begin arriving at approximately 3.20pm. But over the last few months it’s been getting earlier. Last month it was 3.10pm and then 3.00pm. Now by lunchtime the car park looks like peak hour in Flinders Street.’
Mrs Reid admitted to being astounded by Ms Watson’s behaviour. ‘Janelle had the car set-up for an extended sitting. I witnessed her watching Netflix on her iPad, sending emails on her laptop and then reading the latest edition of Women’s Weekly. She even had Subway delivered to her car for lunch. Can you believe it? Getting food delivered to a car. What’s the world coming to?’
She even had Subway delivered to her car for lunch. Can you believe it? Getting food delivered to a car. What’s the world coming to?
But Ms Reid reports the strangest incident was yet to come. ‘At 1.00pm several other mothers arrived in cars and filled the vacant parking spaces. Joined by Janelle, they exited their vehicles, rugged up for the cold weather, and walked briskly down the street. It seems Janelle has organised a walking group from the school car park so they can all leave their cars in prime position for the 3.30pm pick-up. I’ve got an idea: walk to school and then walk home with your children!’
The school is investigating options to dissuade parents from arriving more than fifteen minutes before pick-up. The strategy touted as being the most effective is having the school choir practise in front of the car park after lunch.