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Sped team t shirts?
Old 11-01-2019, 06:58 PM
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I really hope none of my teammates read here, because I'm majorly outing myself if they do . We have a larger team this year with several new/young teachers. Some of the grade levels have cute t shirts that they wear on Fridays that say things like "Kindergarten Rocks."

They're wanting us to have a sped team t shirt. At first I thought it was a cute idea, but then I started worrying about it being some sort of FERPA violation. Maybe sounds silly, but we're not allowed to do things like reference an IEP on the front page of a child's regular report card "in case someone else sees it" . Teammates pointed out it's not like the rest of the school doesn't know we're sped teachers, but what about parents of gen ed kids who are in the building? Would it be a problem if I'm wearing my t shirt and they see me pulling specific kids?

What do you think? Am I just overthinking this? I also teach young students (K-2) and at that age I leave it up to the parents if they want to use the term "special ed" with their children. I don't generally use those words in front of kids unless I get a specific question. And I wonder about embarrassment for the older kids, but my teammate would say it's not like other people don't know she's the special ed teacher.

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