Mom furious after “little school” sent her daughters home when the shoes were considered “boots”
A mom is furious after her daughters were sent home after the first day of school – because their shoes were considered “boots”.
The mother, who is an independent single parent, spent a “fair share” on her two daughters’ shoes.
She and officials at the Reading school then disagreed on how they should be classified.
The parent, who does not wish to be identified, will not be able to replace the shoes until next month at the earliest.
She told Berkshire Live: “My daughters were so excited to go back to school because they missed it so much because of the pandemic.
“If my washing machine breaks down then, I’m going to pay to fix it, not buy new shoes.
“I just don’t understand the meanness of the way schools deal with parents having no money.
“We do our best to make them look clean, smart and respectable, but they punish and penalize our children.”
The girls have since been allowed to return to class, but with the understanding that the shoes will be replaced by October 30.
However, the mother said that she “cannot promise that I will be able to pay for them”.
She claims to have met 20 other students who were also sent home.
The school’s deputy headmaster said a full consultation took place with parents in March.
The uniform policy was sent to parents in April with several reminders.
They added: “We were very clear on the uniform requirements.
“We just have a very small number of students who for some reason haven’t followed the uniform policy.
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“We wrote to all the families last week to re-send them the uniform policy.
“We have really done everything we can to clarify our expectations.”
They mentioned that only a small number of students were sent home because of their uniform.
School policy states that “brown shoes, sneakers, Ugg boots, boots and canvas shoes” are not acceptable and that “students who do not conform to the uniform code will be arrested. by the staff “.