Case 314 – Parents banned from saying goodbye to children in school playground

Issue

A newspaper reported that during ongoing construction work at a school, parents were banned from saying goodbye to their primary school children in the playground for ‘health and safety reasons’.

Panel decision

Ongoing construction work appears to have limited access at the school. In these circumstances the school appears to have acted sensibly and proportionately in making alternative arrangements for older children to be guided to their classes whilst still allowing younger children to be accompanied by their parents/guardians.

Article source: http://www.hse.gov.uk/myth/myth-busting/2014/case314-parents-banned-from-saying-goodbye-to-their-children-in-playground.htm