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Old 05-15-2019, 11:59 AM
 
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As a media specialist, of course I see all classrooms each week. One teacher in particular is constantly late to pick up her kids.

One time, after waiting six or seven minutes and knowing that they were due at an additional resource right after mine, I walked the students down to art rather than continue to hold them.

That was a mistake, because she started being a no-show fairly regularly, about 50 percent of the time. Like today.

Plus, our principal told the teachers that they needed to do a bathroom break before resource and that no children were to leave resource to go to the bathroom. Period. About halfway through the lesson, no less than six students have individually asked to go to the bathroom and some of them are doing the pee-pee dance. (Kinders)

So, teacher no-shows again. No excuse of "forgetting" this time, because I sent the library books back to class with two students, and she was in there. All the kids I told that they would have to wait are squirming, and of course several copycats besides. So, I take them to do a class bathroom break and then take them to art. I'm pretty annoyed, but not showing it.

The kicker: While at the bathroom break, Student A (in trouble every day) punches Student B (usually not so bad) in the stomach. I send student A to his class (to get him away from Student B) and tell him to report to his teacher what happened, then take the rest of the class to art. Teacher sends student A on to art.

Meanwhile, I get to spend my planning time writing up a referral, talking to principal about referral, then hunting down teacher to give her a copy of the referral and pass along principal's instructions to teacher, and of course informing teacher of what happened. Teacher said they had a bathroom break at 12:30 and shouldn't have needed to go. (It was 2:20 when I took them.)

The only bright side, the principal asked me why I was in the hallway with the students doing a bathroom break. I told her.


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Old 05-15-2019, 01:17 PM
 
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At this point Id walk them back to class at the assigned time and leave them at the door. Shes being ridiculous. Id also send her an email asking that the kids take a bathroom break before they come to you because theyre doing the pee pee dance while with you.
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I agree that you should take them back to their classroom and leave them in the hall. You don't need to take them to the bathroom and then to their special. That is her responsibility.
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I agree with GG and PE and deliver them to their classroom. Unbelievable!!
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This is a complete disrespect of your time, and honestly devaluing your position in your school. You are not a babysitter.

Here’s what I would do - buzz the office and say, “Could you buzz Mrs. Smith and let her know she’s late to pick up her students AGAIN, please?”

Then, line the kids up on the hall outside your door and go about your business. If you had back to back classes, and she pulled that crap, that’s what you’d have to do anyway. Otherwise, other teachers having to stand outside your room would cut into their preps as well.

Plus, our building has cameras in the halls, so there’s definitely “someone” watching.

Good for you for telling your Principal, because that teacher is definitely taking advantage of you.


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Old 05-15-2019, 06:41 PM
 
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yowza-she is definitely taking advantage. I agree with walking them down to her class and dropping them off (not in the hallway-I feel like if someone got hurt it could come back on you that you "left" them unsupervised-I'd open the classroom door and send em' on in)

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Teacher said they had a bathroom break at 12:30 and shouldn't have needed to go. (It was 2:20 when I took them.)
Seriously about 1/4 of my third graders would need to go by then. What is this lady thinking.
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There's always one. In my previous job, there was one particular teacher who always dropped her kids off 2-3 minutes early and picked them up 2-3 minutes late effectively giving herself an extra 15 minutes of prep per week. When it came time to schedule specials she would move heaven and earth to be sure her class always got scheduled first thing in the morning so I wouldn't have a class ahead of hers. When I would complain, she'd always claim that her clock must be off, like that could possibly explain being both early and late.

I would be very angry if I had to deal with behavior issues that happened during a bathroom break that I wasn't supposed to have to supervise. And, on the subject of restricted bathroom breaks, doesn't your principal get floods of "nastygrams" from helicopter parents about restricting bathroom breaks for kinders? Or do you get to deal with those? I have many times gotten complaints from parents about "no bathroom" decrees that I neither made nor enforced.
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and I expect after being spoken to by the principal she won't try it again this year. I'm probably more likely to call the teacher. If she doesn't answer, I'll have her paged. Walking them to their room might feel good, but it would kind of make me look like a jerk because I'm at the corner of an L, with teacher at one end, and art at the exact other end.
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