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Two hostess chocolate cupcakes
A bag of mini chips ahoy cookies
A chocolate yoohoo drink
A strawberry gogurt
A Danimals yogurt drink
A bag of Jax cheese puffs
THAT was his lunch! No sandwich, no main course, nada! I asked him if he packed it himself. He says "No, my mom did"
Needless to say, I didn't let him eat it and made him eat the school lunch which was baked chicken and rice. He is a super skinny kid that mom says is "picky" but he happily ate the chicken and rice lunch!
So to piggyback on Jen-Eliz we would probably send this child out for an eval the next time there is an incident of self harm to our local childrens crisis team or calling mobile psych intervention services in to intervene. We would make it clear to the parent that this would be the intervention so there would be no surprises - especially since there is a feeling that the mom may be in denial. However - and this is something to consider - you noted that she is seeing a therapist. Is she seeing a therapist for the self harm issues? Do you have consent to communicate with the therapist? It's possible that he/she does not have a full picture of what's going on in school. Also - is the self harm happening only at school, mostly at school, even split of school and home?
Moving forward, it is beneficial to get a behaviorist in to help with this. If your district does not have one, you can contract out the services. Contact other local districts to see who they use / if they are happy with that person / so forth...
Once the behaviorist is in place and they help you draft the behavior plan - use it - stick with it- make sure everyone is being consistent.
Do the health topics have to be relevant to their major? I mean there are a lot of times that you learn things that are just general knowledge type things that are life lesson type things that all people should know. Disease transmission, first aid, cpr, self care, hygiene, sex ed, and so forth.
If they have to be relevant to their major, that will certainly be more of a challenge - law enforcement may be a bit easier (disease transmission comes to mind) than film
my saying is that i'd rather explain why i sent them than why i didn't. Granted, not to say i'm not judicious and i certainly rely on my (ahem) years of experience to make a judgement call of who needs to go now vs who can get a call to home and if mom/dad/grandma/whoever says they can be there in 20-30 minutes then that will be fine (but the clock is ticking). But if i feel like it would be even a possibility i do offer to call - so that the parent can't say that i didn't.
i didn't know it was cookies against cancer day - oddly enough i brought yummy yummy cookies. Now i can say that they're against cancer.
so I have a fifth grader who just came from Colombia who has been in every blessed day with a stomach ache saying that she is going to throw up. I feel like she is in the same boat as the OP's little guy. Stranger in a strange land, doesn't speak the language and is getting herself overwhelmed by the fact that the class is moving fast and it's hard to keep up with that. I get a stomach ache just thinking about it. And i suppose one could argue that kindergarten is a lot of playtime and naps - but not while you're doing it. Kindergarten is really stressful for a lot of these littles. I'm glad he got moved into the classroom where he can better communicate with the teachers - now he just needs to realize that puke does not necessarily = day over ride home.
Pros: Weekends off, holidays off, summers off, and depending on your climate you get that glorious call saying snowday (or delayed opening! - short day and no penalty to the calendar!!) If you have kids you may get on your kid's schedule or might even score a job in your kid's school (this might be a con depending on your point of view). You are really part of something amazing when you realize that you are helping these kids grow. You don't realize it while you're frustrated with them because the frequent flier kid has been there for the 10th time that week alone. But then one day you walk down the hall and pass that student and realize that you haven't see him/her all year. Then another year passes and the kid that was a real PITA in 4th grade is a model student in 8th grade and you think -they're going to be ok.
Cons: You are usually alone. I don't mean that you are the only medical staff in the building. That point's already been made (along with the other very good point that i won't get redundant with). I mean you are seldom thought of unless there is some sort of medical something going on. Now i'm not saying i don't have people that won't come in and shoot the breeze with me on occasion, and I have the people that I eat lunch with, but beyond that there are teacher that don't even know my name and i've been here 5 years - they've been here much longer than me. When my name comes up on the phone system and I ask nicely i they can send someone to my office they will say "who is this?" Uh, Nurse Flare. I've tried to get in the habit of answering that question that way to train them that I do HAVE a name and i'm not just a walking job title. If you wade through my posts you will see that i often liken our job with that of a fire extinguisher. Everyone is glad to see that we are there but no one really goes out of their way to notice us - But boy do they panic when we're not at our post
Those being said - I like my job. I may hem and haw and get irritated with things. But in reality it's not the kids that i'm ever irritated with. It's parents dropping the ball on paperwork. it's teachers handing kids off to us because they don't feel like dealing with whatever minor issue is going on. Kids are kids. Kids do kid things. We love them for being kids. They love us back for loving them.
Sorry - i sort of dragged out the old soapbox... it's a bit early in the year for that ha ha
I don't do field trips. I will try to send the sub nurse every time. We are bound by school policy to send a nurse on every blessed trip unless they are going to a school.
The only one i've had to go on is the overnight trip to Boston because i couldn't get any of my subs and it would have cost a mint to send the agency nurse.
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