I think one of the things I like least about this job is feeling like I am chasing parents down for follow-through on returning forms, bringing in medications, notes from doctors, etc. We have a field trip tomorrow to go apple picking and I have to go b/c we have a couple seizure kids and a few epi-pen kids. One of the epi-pen kids has a bee/wasp allergy. Last year there were a zillion bees and one of the teachers actually got stung. I have been hounding this mom since the beginning of the school year to send in the epi-pen and I called and spoke with her Friday telling her that if I didn't have it by this morning, her son would not be able to go one the field trip. It is the entire First Grade going so if he stays behind, he will have to join a K class for the day which sucks for everyone. He is also not the best behaved kid. It just really makes me mad that this mom won't follow through and her kid has to miss out and the K class has to be inconvenienced. I asked if there was a problem getting the epi-pen and she said in an angry tone "I have it, I just forgot to send it in".
She yells at me like she is mad that I don't want her kid to miss the trip.