There are many problems with our Kiss & Ride operation, the biggest being that there are too many parents picking up their kids. The line is long, parents are grumpy, the staff is grumpy and the language barrier often presents problems.
Today, as a car was waiting for a student, I saw a mom in the backseat holding her infant baby in her lap. No seat belt. The student hopped in the back and as I pointed it out to a colleague, the car drove off.
The roads are covered in snow and ice, accidents happen all the time, and this family made the decision that holding an infant on a lap in the backseat was a good choice.
Maybe I should give them credit, at least the mother wasn't in the front seat like colleagues have seen before, but come on, not only is that dumb and unsafe, it's illegal.
I suppose I should check in with my administration and ask if we should report that. If not report, do I say something? "Excuse me sir? I hope you know that it's against the law for a child to be in the car without a car seat?"
Car seats cost money, trust me, I get that. But this isn't one of those optional expenses is it? I know our Parent Center helps out with things like that, and I can only assume there are other organizations that do as well... right?
I know our students go without seat belts on a regular basis, I have unfortunately seen it and my pleas go unheard, but an infant? I can't get past that.