how is the communicatiCommunication has ALWAYS been an issue with DS school. Aon at your kids school

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how is the communicatiCommunication has ALWAYS been an issue with DS school. Aon at your kids school
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Fri, 09-14-2012 - 12:29pm

Communication has ALWAYS been an issue with DS school. At EVERY parent night, PTO meeting and so on the principal goes on and on about home school connection but it’s like they are so out of touch. I’m at the school less now then I was when he was younger. I no longer have to wait with him in the school yard, and I work so I’m not there after school so I miss the gossip but I shouldn’t be getting school news via the grapevine. Hours changed this year and some parents didn’t even know until they were “late” picking up their kids. We had a lockdown this week, some schools called parents (all be it 30 min later) but no one at ours got a call. I found out the same way I did about the hour change, on FB because the city posted it was lifted.

 

First few years the school web site was an ok source for info, maybe not THAT up to date but some teachers had webpages and while some kept them more up to date then others at least it was something. Last year they “updated” the website BUT now the ONLY working teacher pages are the school nurse and librarian. Last year his teacher didn’t even have a page; this years does but there is no info on it.

 

Now this morning I needed to get the number for his PT and notice on the staff list is still teachers who retired or moved to different schools last year and the year before. Come on you can’t even keep an updated directory.

 

We get teacher assignments the last day of school and some point from when school ended and began a teacher transferred but they didn’t notify the students until the first day of school. Now they line up per class so kids are looking for their teachers name and didn’t see it and in 4th grade most parents just drop and run. I mean if you can’t be bothered to mail notice home of switch at least put both names on the sign so the kids know where to go.

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I hope that you get the OT sorted out. I think I recalled that you started school fairly early, seems like after 3 weeks the kids should be seen. But then, I know that it is the case with my new district, I think I remember it being closer to 5 weeks at the old one that was dysfunctional.

It sounds like you need to put in a call each year in the fall and get names and numbers of everyone. Our OT travels around several schools and is only at our closest one for half a day a week. My son only sees her once a month now. But it was 3 weeks before we even had a day of the month that he would be seen. Oh, and not only is she only in the school a half day a week, they don't have a room for her either, so she has to see when other people are out so that she can be in the room. Last year there was another therapist bringing a kid into the closet they called an office while my son was there too. Somehow he managed to not be too distracted.
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The lockdown was because of an area shooting. Our school was good distance from it but if it was closer would have liked a heads up kids were locked in safe. Maybe the closer schools did call but also ds has been out for 2 days for Jewish holidays. I did send a letter Friday but still usually get the call u kid was out. Didn't do either call system has bugs or someone finally processed a note.

Now also discovered he's not seeing OT. IEP in affect until October so need to get to bottom of that too because no one said it was being dropped or why. Thursday is open house so this should be fun
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Urg! It sounds like the school my daughter used to go to! Yes, it was hard to get in touch unless you were there to volunteer, and I had two younger ones and the teacher didn't want them there (boys. Girls were okay.)

After we started homeschooling, my son was still getting speech therapy. He got it on Thursdays. One week, he came home (Dad took him as I was sick) and said that the therapist had said that she was moving to a different position. The therapist did have a letter for me, which was nice. It said that the kids would all get their regular services the next week. So the next week I took my son in. I found the therapist - she had just come back off of disability, and she didn't know she had any homeschoolers. She wasn't seeing anyone that week, just trying to figure out a schedule as the hours had been reduced.

The next week I went in, and couldn't find her. No one in the office knew where she was. We went home. Next week, same thing. Next week the same thing. I finally asked a teacher my daughter had had. No idea. So I called the district special education office. Well, it turned out that the woman went back to her doctor and got her leave extended. (She did look like she was in pain.) And, the district had no replacement. And, had not called the school to let them know. A friend's son in 3rd grade was going every week and sitting in the room goofing around then going back to class. (As were, apparently, all of the older kids who walked themselves to therapy. I called the school to let them know what was going on after I called the district. (Pretty sad when a homeschooler has to tell the school what is or is not happening in their school!) The principal of the school was a stickler for being on time,, not wasting instruction time. I am SURE the poo hit the fan. After that week, the district called me to let me know to not come in until they found someone else.

Our new school district is MUCH better. When our therapist is out, I get a call from the district, and sometimes also from the school. I know your pain. Be the squeaky wheel and call them up every time something happens and ask them how adults are supposed to know this stuff. At least a letter home would be nice, although that is likely to get lost in the bottom of the bag, but is better than nothing! Also, try to get other parents to do the same thing. Maybe if enough people clog the phone lines they will actually start letting people know what is going on. And yes, I would like to know about lockdowns. Most are for medical things, (kid falls off monkey bars and breaks arm and they want area clear for ambulance type of things.) But yes, it is nice to know it is not the unlikely guy with a gun.