Parents question new practice at Hines Primary School

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PEORIA, Ill. (HOI) — About a month ago, a new practice was implemented at a Peoria school, and some parents say they’re not happy with it.

So they turned to Troubleshooters for answers.

“I worked with our universal leadership team, school secretaries to create this plan. Once it was formatted I forwarded it to my executive director at admin and we decided to go ahead and initiate this new practice,” said Principal Matt Durr of Hines Primary School.

In December, this letter was sent home to parents of students at Hines Primary School in Peoria.

It says starting January 7, the day kids returned from winter break, there would be new guidelines from 2:45 to 3:30 each afternoon and the main office closed. On days of early dismissal, this would start at 10:45 in the morning.

“We are always evaluating things, looking for ways to make our school better and one thing we noticed was a lot of disruption toward the end of the day with interruptions by parents picking up their kids early,” said Durr.

Here’s a breakdown.

-During this time, phone calls will be sent to voice mail

-parents won’t be allowed to enter the school

-and no students will be called down to the office

Each class is made up of about 18 to 25 kids, bringing the total number of students to roughly 500.

The principal says on average there were 10 families a day pulling kids out early.

We did reach out to the State Board of Education to ask about this.

A spokesperson says no state laws appear to impact the school’s ability to enforce this practice.

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