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Old 05-23-2021, 09:37 AM
 
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Hello PT,
I have this parent in which I have bent over backwards for her in helping get her child to be placed in next years accelerated/gifted class.

After the gifted team accepted this parent needed to fill out urgent paper work. I notified her by phone message, text and an email letting her know special details of what we needed. She never responded and took two days to return paperwork wrong.

Now she is texting me asking me to see if I can give her child all final exams two weeks early because she didn’t realize school is out on June 17 instead of June 4!!!!

Really??? It’s not fair to the other students and it’s her responsibility to see as to when school ends...she’s panicking because she probably can’t get a refund on her vacation...I also feel a strong no as because we are short staffed, dealing with double duty due to a pandemic and if I do this for her I’d have to cater to others with this excuse.

How would you all handle this???



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First of all, this parent is crazy! I'm sure that she received the calendar MONTHS ago, so it's on her that she didn't look at it before making vacation plans. smh

I try to be pleasant and understanding with parents, even if in my head I'm thinking they are bonkers, so I would send something like the following:

Dear Parent,
Oh my goodness! I totally understand that you're feeling stressed about this! Unfortunately, there is no way I could give the exam early. Not only am I not done with the teaching of the lessons, there is no time before, during, or after school for me to teach privately all the lessons he/she needs before taking this test.
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She will keep trying to pressure you into doing what she wants, so if you have supportive admin, talk to them about this ahead of time. When she keeps emailing, stick with, "I'm really sorry, but it truly isn't possible. If you have any further concerns, please contact (insert admin name and number/email)."

Good luck!!
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Old 05-23-2021, 11:17 AM
 
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No. No early finals!

Do not feel guilty!

No...no...no!
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Early vacation
Old 05-23-2021, 11:59 AM
 
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What Sassyteach says. Your receipt shows you didnít sign up for this bs.
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Thank you
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For all the input. The gifted teacher is going to be upset and he might lose his spot but oh well. These parents are too much and feel such entitlement.


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Our calendar is wrong....
Old 05-23-2021, 01:39 PM
 
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I'm bracing myself for the end of June. Our school calendar states HS students end class on the 15th and then just come for scheduled Regents Exams. Our admin decided that Regents dont count for anything unless a student requests the grade on transcripts, AND WE TEACH EVERY CLASS RIGHT UP TO JUNE 24TH!
A letter was mailed home. We do have to give local finals. I already have 1 student tell me she will be on vacation then. I asked admin what to do and waiting for reply. Waiting. Waiting.... it would be like our admin to expect me to accommodate this kid or exempt the grade. This year sucks!
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Do you have an update yet?
Old 05-23-2021, 03:14 PM
 
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Edited to ask what your administrator said to do- I would pass this request along, especially since the enrichment program is based on the test.

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Mine is
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Second grade....and the student goes on supposedly vacation from June 4-18.

We need to have everything completed by June 17...not fair to other parents and or me nor my school since we are short on staff with a crazy year.
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Quote:
Second grade..
Ummmmm...2nd graders have finals???!!!!! I have taught 4th for 30+ years and we have never had anything like this. We have state testing this week ( ) but it has never been connected to report cards.
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Old 05-23-2021, 04:46 PM
 
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Final exams for a second grader? What? Why? Are these exams really important?

That said, what is the school's policy about end of year work? Did the calendar get changed significantly during the year? Is the end date way later than usual?

The parents need to get their act together, but it certainly isn't a 2nd grader's fault. What a mess!


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End of the quarter
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Exams and Star Reading testing. They help wrap up the year and results I need to show for the accelerated class in third grade...does this make sense?
Sorry for the confusion
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Our school calendar has
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Been the same the whole year.
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Old 05-24-2021, 12:38 PM
 
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I would tell the parents that you cannot give exams ahead of time and let them know they are needed for accelerated classes. I would also cc Admin.
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