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Letter to School

When to use Letter to School

Life happens. As a result, even if you are accustomed to picking up your child from school every day, you need to take steps to safeguard your child’s interests in the event that you cannot pick him or her up one day for an unexpected reason. Schools take the unauthorized pick-up of children very seriously, especially if those children are not yet teenagers. As a result, it is important to file a formal “letter to school” identifying those individuals who are (and any who are explicitly not) allowed to pick your child up from school.


If you need to hand over temporary guardianship of your child, make plans in the event that you cannot pick up your child from school or simply want the freedom to grant a caregiver, loved one, friend or friend’s parent permission to pick your child up from school, consider providing your child’s school administration with a formal letter to that effect. It is important to understand that you can tailor the authority of any designated pick-up person to suit your needs. For example, you can specify that your child’s older sibling can pick your child up at any time but that a certain grandparent can only pick the child up if you have notified the school in advance. Or you can note that your babysitter has permission to pick your child up on Mondays, whereas a family friend has temporary guardianship of your child during the week before Spring Break. You can be as general or as specific as you need to be in order to protect your child’s best interests.

Alternative Names

School Notification: Temporary Guardianship
School Pick Up Form
School Pick Up Release
Caregiver Permission to Pick Child Up from School
School Release and Child Pick Up Form