Who knew that a field trip by little kids to the post office could be so dangerous?

A New York City public school teacher has claimed that “ridiculous” red tape, irrational fears and panic about lawsuits precluded a visit to the Bronx mailing facility.

The anonymous Universal Pre-K teacher writes about the “hysteria” about the February 2019 outing in a letter to the non-profit Let Grow, which campaigns for greater freedom and independence for children.

She describes how one particular pen pusher suggested it was too risky for the 4- and 5-year-olds to go to the post office in case “a package might fall on them.”

Even though the building was across the street, it was preferred that a postal worker should instead be invited to give a presentation at the Bronx school itself.

“An administrator even raised the concern that if the children are allowed to go behind the counter to see the inner workings of the post office, a package might fall on them,” says the teacher.

Lenore Skenazy, the president of Let Grow, tells The Post that school trips are often treated as if the children are being “sent to the Western Front.”

“The focus is what could go wrong instead of what could go right,” she says. “I call it ‘worst first thinking’ because people come up with the worst case scenario and proceed as if it likely to happen.”

“It’s a crazy mindset where everything is thought of as being too much for a kid to handle.”

In her letter, the teacher also reveals that bus trips have effectively been eliminated for pre-K students in the Big Apple.

“Despite children having made it to museums, theaters, puppet shows etc, for decades without incident, some bureaucrat decided that bus travel as it existed if just too dangerous,” she adds.

As a result, only trips within walking distance of schools are generally considered.

“Not surprisingly trips to the local playground have become dystopian nightmares with every activity seen primarily in terms of the potential for harm,” continues the teacher, “Scraped knees and other such occurrences — once seen as a given result of healthy childhood play — are now viewed as failure of oversight.”

Staff have to complete three-page forms for injuries as small as a nick or scrape.

“Parents must be contacted through phone calls or notes home, even if we’re going to see them at the end of the day,” says the educator. “It’s no small wonder that many teachers choose to skip outdoor playtime altogether.”

A Department of Education spokesman did not immediately respond to the criticism.

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