The Real Simple Reader Etiquette Poll
Can You Ask a Teacher at Your Child’s School to Babysit?
No. That’s a line you shouldn’t cross: 80.6%
It’s OK as long as it’s not your child’s teacher: 12.4%
Sure. She can always say no: 7%
Experts say: It’s generally considered inappropriate. In fact, many schools have a policy in place on whether or not teachers are able to babysit students―and the answer is usually no. “If a grade-school teacher were asked, she would probably be speechless,” says Siobhan Henry-Hooker of Burlington, Vermont, who has worked for nine years as a preschool and grade-school teacher.