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I regularly read the advice blog Ask A Manager.

Yesterday she had a principal write in about how to fix a problem with a teacher-parent conversation.

The principal basically told the teacher she would have to stop pumping breast at a parent's request - in front of the parent.

The principal tried to justify it by saying she wanted to keep the conversation with the parent open and ongoing.

http://www.askamanager.org/2017/11/i....html#comments

WTF.

I really hope this is one of those letters that someone made up.


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That parent telling her to buy formula was basically cartoon-villain level of not okay.
Hahahah. I wish I could say this sounds made up, but some parents are exactly that intrusive. The mistake Miss Honey made was in agreeing to it. My guess is her conditions of being compensated for her time and loss of breast milk was to force the P to not permit this. No P has the ability to allocate funds to formula!
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How is this even legal? Assuming this is a school district with over 50 employees, wouldn't this apply?

https://www.dol.gov/whd/nursingmothers/faqBTNM.htm

Guess who would be covering my class while I pumped..


My sister in law would make that type of demand. She thinks breast feeding is disgusting and not necessary. Sad thing is she is 32, so you can't even blame it on being around everyone formula feeding.
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Old 11-07-2017, 06:30 AM
 
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Unfortunately, unless the state has a specific law, Federal law does not cover salaried employees under these breastfeeding laws, only hours employees.
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Old 11-07-2017, 10:40 AM
 
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...What it came down to was that the parent wanted her daughter to stay in from all recesses (including lunch recess) and specials (art, PE, etc. classes, which also happens to be Miss Honey’s lesson planning time) in order to have personal tutoring time. I must also mention her daughter is already receiving individual tutoring that is constantly being examined and tweaked.

Just to continue the conversation, I asked Miss Honey if she would be willing to provide this. To my surprise, Miss Honey said agreed...
In other words Principal didn't want to tell the parent no and tried to get the teacher to do it.

There is no way to 'continue the conversation' that does not have the teacher feel that she has to acquiesce to the principal's request or face the principal's displeasure.

Principal only now is rethinking and backpedaling because there is money involved (payment for planning time).


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Wow! That is the craziest situation I've ever heard happening! What a limp principal! Besides being highly unfair to the teacher, the poor kid would lose out on movement, fun with peers, and part of their education (music, art, etc). Let's help kids hate school wheb they're young!!

How about Mom hire a tutor for the kid!

I would love to hear how well the principal deals with informing Mom it's a no-go. Grow a spine, Principal!
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The principal should step in and tutor the child.
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It sounds like the mom has some very specific ideas about what instruction should or should not look like. Perfect solution: homeschool. Bam! Give up all your own free time!

The principal in question is unfit to be an administrator and should be fired!
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