Today something happened and I am living through the consequences of it.
So the new student in my class was having a tantrum, again. It turned violent, again. And one of my EA’s, the one who is more experienced than I am, was like “to the time out room”. Which is what the parents of the child want over CPI holds. So we got the child out of the classroom, on the way to the time out room, and another adult went to find the senior therapist.
This was the bad idea since it was not allowed.
I thought it was so I supported this. But I was pulled into the principal’s office during my prep with the senior therapist as well and asked what happened. I didn’t get into trouble but I said that since the parents had verbally agreed to it, and the child was being violent, we removed her from the class. They asked why I didn’t get a senior therapist first. And I said, she turned from just not listening to violent in about 30 seconds and we removed her at the same time as going to get the therapist. I sincerely apologized saying that I thought the verbal agreement from the parents was enough. It’s not. Legally we need to have signatures and proper plans in place and stuff before that happens.
The student had another tantrum in the afternoon, while I was in the meeting with these two ladies, thinking I was getting fired. It was cut short because the senior therapist needed to help in that situation. Which is so confusing because another EA came to help and was using holds she had been trained on. Which she was told she can’t do. But if we were all trained in them over the summer, why are we not allowed to use them? Especially when a child is being violent in the class.
The entire staff had an emergency staff meeting at the end of the day.
So just a lot of bad ideas in my class. Add in other tantrums from this child which were not violent, and another student who was just SCREAMING for an hour for reasons they couldn’t articulate. Couldn’t be consoled or redirected.
This month I am writing posts that line up with whatsandrathinks‘ prompts.