By BERN MORLEY
My mother never had to navigate the politics of the School Drop Off system. This is probably because she didn’t drive. As a kid, I walked to and from school. That’s right; I walked through blustering rain, freezing cold snow storms, relentless hail, all without shoes on my feet… errr wait, no, I grew up on the Gold Coast; my only real threat was being struck down with sunstroke. Essentially though, even if my Mum had driven a car and my dad hadn’t been conspicuously absent, I’m pretty sure there wouldn’t have been the school drop off quagmire in the 80s that there is today.
Nowadays, it’s almost a full scale military operation to load and unload your child in and out of an almost moving vehicle with both timing and precision.
Each and every school has its own procedures, some have a rolling blockade/loud speaker situation, others a 2 minute drop off situation and some, like my current school, have an “every man for himself” type of operation. It’s a hotbed of drama, intrigue and frustration. It’s basically more exciting than The Bold and the Beautiful.
However your child’s school deals with it though, here a few handy tips to keep the ball rolling and avoid World War 3:
1. Don’t park in the 2 minute drop off zone unless you have every intention of being there for less than two minutes. Sounds simple enough right? Try telling that to the parent that leaves their car to accompany their child into the school. For 45 minutes.
2. The Drop and Go Zone is not the time to play catch up. There is absolutely no reason to get out of your car and have a chat to Beryl through her window about Gerald’s latest Piano recital. HEY, some of us have to get to work. Drop and go people, Drop and go.