School Bans Parents from Wearing PJs at Drop Off

Filed under: In The News, Weird But True

Checking email in your bathrobe is OK, just put on some clothes before you drop off the kids. Credit: Getty Images

Checking e-mail in your bathrobe is OK, just put on some clothes before you drop off the kids. Credit: Getty Images

It would seem that our friends across the pond are a bit uptight when it comes to pajamas. First, a supermarket told shoppers not to show up in their PJs. Now, a school is telling parents that wearing pajamas and slippers when they drop off their children will no longer be tolerated.

The Daily Mail reports that Joe McGuinness, the head teacher at St. Matthew's Primary School in Belfast, United Kingdom, sent a note home that said, "arriving at the school in pyjamas is disrespectful to the school and a bad example to set to children."

The Mail quotes McGuinness as saying parents who commit this sin are "slovenly and rude."
"People don't go to see a solicitor, bank manager or doctor dressed in pyjamas, so why do they think it's OK to drop their children off at school dressed like that?" he tells the newspaper. (By the way, "pyjamas" is just how they spell "pajamas" in the U.K.)

When it comes to other matters of parenting, some of the teachers appear to have slightly lower standards. The Mail quotes one shaper of young minds (via an unspecified online forum) as saying, "at least they have bothered to bring their children to school/collect them on time."

McGuinness tells the Mail there were "up to 50" parents showing up at school in sleepwear, and that no one has complained since he issued his no-jammies edict a few months ago.

Have you ever worn pajamas when you dropped off or picked up the kids at school? Or have you seen other parents in PJs?

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.