This blog is my place to vent and share resources with other parents of children of trauma. I try to be open and honest about my feelings in order to help others know they are not alone. Therapeutic parenting of adopted teenagers with RAD and other severe mental illnesses and issues (plus "neurotypical" teens) , is not easy, and there are time when I say what I feel... at the moment. We're all human!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Nip It In the Bud

This is the second letter I've sent to Bear's school this semester (they only started back 7 days ago). I sent it after having received a note from Bear's teacher saying 3 students skipped class on Tuesday, and 2 of them admitted it (wanna bet Bear wasn't the one who admitted it?!). Bear only has 2 classes a day at his regular school (the rest are at his special school).

Maybe they'll respond to this one since they didn't respond to the first.

In the last 7 days of school Bear has had 4 unexcused absences and 2 tardies. Since he only takes 2 classes a day at {regular school} this means out of 7 days of school he only has 14 classes and he was tardy or skipped 6 of them. That's almost 1/2!

One of my daughters heard today that he was driving “his” car to McDonalds. Obviously this is just a rumor at this point, but since he doesn’t have a car or a license, I’m worried where this rumor came from and if he was absent today...

I know he received a referral for skipping Tuesday, can you tell me what his consequences will be?

He has 2 unexcused absences and a tardy in 4th period, if I remember his BIP correctly that means he has a consequence? I know this is a new teacher. Is she aware of this?

Bear appears to think this is all no big deal. I’d like to nip this in the bud if at all possible. We do not want a repeat of last year. What are the next steps?



Lynn said...

It is so frustrating to have to beat it over people's heads with stuff like this. You would think the school would want to work with a concerned parent like yourself. At least work better than they do.

Anonymous said...

It's so frustrating when you feel like you are ignored even as you listen to educators constantly complain about uninvolved parents. I certainly hope they take care of this before it becomes a bigger issue.