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|Fri, 06-23-2006 - 10:21pm|
I am a teacher for medically fragile kids aged 3-6, and we go to school year round. Due to wheelchairs and such, I have much closer contact with bus drivers than the average teacher probobly does. Several have gotten on my nerves in the past, but today was ecspecially heinous....
I have a student with MS who I discovered at loading time had a high fever. His parents speak Japanese, so I was in a hurry to get him on the bus and start phoning in my district to try to find a translator to call his parents. I took him to the bus driver and explained the situation. She began yelling in my face about taking a sick kid and wanted me to just call his parents. I stated that I could not, I needed to call a translator and was not even sure if I could find one with the regular ed gone for the summer. The screaming/bitching/moaning continued that she her aide and every kid on the bus would be sick. I then said something rather unprofessional and she stormed away. Maybe this is unfair but I felt unsympathetic since I have been coughed on, spit on, puked on and pooped on more times than I can count and have never really complained because its my job. I do not have the authority to call parents for pick up in my school, thats the nurses desicion. I also could not have the bus drive away without him, what if I could not get ahold of a translator? (I did, eventually) I am nervous about seeing the bus driver on Monday. We need to have some kind of relationship so I can get kids off the bus without a shouting match. What does everyone think would be the best approach? Should I apologize for my part in it and try to smooth things over? Does anyone see something I could have done differently? I'm thinking perhaps there was a better way to handle things but I was too stressed and harried at the time to think of it. Any advise would be appreciated.