Mission Viejo, CA asked in Native American Law and Education Law for California

Q: Does California have a rule that only people 18 or older can pick up kids?

My daughter is 17 and has a driver's license, and her home is only a 5-minute walk from her brother's school...can a 17-year-old pick up a child from school?

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: In California, there is no statewide legal rule specifying that only individuals 18 or older can pick up children from school. The ability of a 17-year-old to pick up a sibling from school largely depends on the policies of the individual school or school district.

Many schools have specific guidelines about who is authorized to pick up students. These guidelines can vary, and it's important to check with your child's school to understand their specific requirements. If your daughter's school permits siblings under 18 to pick up students and she is authorized to do so, she should be able to pick up her brother.

If you haven't already, you may need to provide the school with written permission or include your daughter's name on a list of authorized individuals. This is often a straightforward process, involving filling out a form or providing a note to the school administration.

In summary, while there's no state law preventing your daughter from picking up her brother, you should verify the school's policy to ensure compliance with their rules.

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