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My hours are 8 am - 3:30 pm. Every single day. I have made it clear many times that anything that occurs before 8:00 am needs to be dealt with by admin or call the parents directly, etc. Any emergency they call 911.
As I am backing out of my driveway at 7:12 am this morning to drive my kids to school, I get a text on my personal phone from one of our teachers that "A student was hit by a car this morning and is waiting for me to check her in my office"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I proceeded to text back "Absolutely NOT OK. Call 911 NOW, Call Police to file report and call family. In that order. I am driving my kids to school and cannot be involved in a back and forth about this". A few minutes goes by. Another text. "Grandma is with her. I don't think the car was driving very fast when it hit her".
I again sent the above text and then reminded her that I am not on duty yet, have NO WAY to evaluate the status of the student and they need to call 911. If grandmother refusing that, to have her take the kid to to ER. I also reminded her that I was driving, in my car (I was not texting and driving don't worry) and could not have this conversation and they needed to deal with it. She proceeded to text me a play by play for the next 20 minutes. I did not respond.
I am currently sitting in my office, door closed, trying to decompress so I do not attack anyone. The teacher who texted me is outside my door teaching a class and I am counting slowly to 100 before I go about my day.
Am I being unreasonable here to think that this was completely out of line and a complete lack of judgment? Who cares if the "car was barely moving when it hit her"?! No one saw the incident occur so no one can determine how fast the car was going, if she fell and bumped head, etc. No one. What did she think I was going to do over the phone? This also occurred in our crosswalk, with one of our teachers acting as the crossing guard, so I am assuming there is liability, etc. I am having a meeting with my OPs director ASAP (she is not in the building which is probably why this happened in the first place).
Vent over. Thanks for listening. Kid is fine by the way, in ER now to be safe and just shaken up more than anything.
Quote from OldDude
What has you so upset is that you your compassion, concern, and complete engagement with your students is tugging at you. One of your "little ones" was injured at school and you can't be there to help her and the buck passing buffoon wanted to shift that responsibility to you instead of taking care of the student; two quite emotional dueling dynamics.
It would have been completely different if the teacher had contacted you, asking for guidance, and then acted on your instructions but that wasn't what she wanted to hear so she wouldn't give up.
As you are doing, take the time to rage and be pissed, and move forward but it would be appropriate for all parties involved to "debrief" with your administrator. Your instructions were spot on...excellent, advice by the way
OldDude took the words out of my mouth.
I don't mind if someone calls me when I'm in route to school to ask advice for a kid that is currently there and ill or hurt. As long as they follow my instructions. Which luckily they do. You offered advice - this teacher ignored it. You feel feelings because they ignored it and while it did not affect this student's outcome, it could affect the next student's outcome if this situation or one like it repeats itself.
Meeting with admin is a great idea. Do you have emergency instructions for staff to follow when you are not in the building? I mean, they are mainly "use common sense" but I have learned to assume nothing these days
Last edit by JenTheSchoolRN on Oct 18