Mom Told She Can't Pick Up Son from School Because She Doesn't Have a Car


For some families, the consequences of Hurricane Harvey are still being felt. Daryan Godley lost her car in the hurricane and has not been able to replace it.

Godley’s story isn’t focused on how her family has suffered because of Hurricane Harvey. She hasn’t even expressed frustration about the lack of a car.

What she has expressed frustration about is a new policy at the school her 6-year-old son attends.

Fisher Elementary put a new policy into effect on Jan. 9.

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It was created out of concern for students’ safety. Parents were parking across the street to avoid getting stuck in the long line at pickup.

Then, they would walk through the parking lot to pick up their children. A letter was sent to parents about the danger of kids running in front of cars to get to their parents.

“We have also observed that a majority of parent walk ups have a car. Starting January 9th parent walk ups will no longer be an option,” it stated.

Godley walked up to the school to get her son because she didn’t have a car.

The secretary told her that her son couldn’t be released to her if she wasn’t in a vehicle in the pickup line.

Bus service isn’t available to the family so they walk 45 minutes each way.

Godley can be found walking with her son while also pushing a stroller, but she believes his education “is worth it,” according to KRIV.

She also explained what they do if it’s a cold or rainy day. “Sometimes I’ll Uber, but if I don’t have that, I’ll have an umbrella and bundle up the boys as much as I can.”

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The school has been requiring Godley to wait until all students being picked up in car line are gone before releasing her son.

She wrote on Facebook about how she felt unfairly treated and “belittled by the staff.”

Fortunately, she posted a hopeful update that the principal stopped her to explain that meetings will be held on how to make improvements for the sake of everybody’s safety.

Godley’s dedication to her son’s education is inspiring, and we hope a better solution can be found.

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Carolyn Fultz is a former contributor for Liftable Media. She holds a B.A. in Communication from Hope College.
Carolyn Fultz is a former contributor for Liftable Media. She holds a B.A. in Communication from Hope College. Carolyn's writing has been featured in both online and print media, including Just Between Us magazine. She resides in Phoenix with her husband and children.
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