You know it's going to be an interesting week when the school nurse is out sick with the flu and isn't expected back until next week.
I suppose all the coughing, hacking, and spewing finally got to her. Thank goodness she was well and healthy on Monday when we were able to get our flu shots during our planning periods. So, in the meantime, if a kid needs meds we send them to guidance (and I swear, half the school seems to be on meds) and if they're sick we send them up front to call home and get them out of the building.
One of the high schools in the district is running 25% absent so they've closed for the next two days. We're only running at about 15% absent, so we're nowhere near closing. However, last week a lot of the sixth grade was out and now a lot (more) seventh graders are out.
Starting last week we started to get emails and homework forms that read something like this:
"Sick Kid is going to be out until Someday. Could you get together his/her missing work and send it up front from Mom to pick up?"
Seventh grade has 1st and 2nd period planning so if we get one of these emails after 9:00 am, we don't have any free time (except maybe a few minutes after we've gulped down our lunch before we pick up the kids from the cafeteria) to get anything together. We have repeatedly asked the secretaries to please let the 7th grade parents know that we'll have the stuff ready by the next day because we are - surprise! - busy TEACHING and don't have time to get together five days worth of work until we're done TEACHING. And that's after school.
Does this happen? Not often enough.
So we've rushed around trying to get work together for these kids, in between TEACHING our classes, and have a kid run these packets up to the front office. Sometimes we get the stuff up there in the afternoon, and sometimes we don't.
And here's the kicker. Most of the time the parents don't bother to come pick the stuff up.
Kid you not.
We have had a least half a dozen of these kids come back to class over the past few days, all of whom had piles of work sitting up in the front office.
Mrs. Social Studies and I asked one of these kids, who strolled in today, about the work we put up in the front office.
"Um, Mom didn't come pick it up," he said. "She got busy."
I bet. Kind of like the mom who has a kid who is going hungry (no money in the lunch account) and who's too busy "playing her computer video games" to either give her kid a check or sign a free and reduced lunch request form.
Kids as accessories. I swear, that's all they are for some folks.
And in the meantime, I'm not really motivated to stop my TEACHING to get work together for some kid if all it's going to do is collect dust in the front office.