They can't tell me if he took his spelling test last week or not nor do they have any idea what the ongoing plan is for things like this. They don't seem to know where the lunch box is that was sent on Monday and is currently sitting somewhere with rotting cottage cheese in it even though there is supposed to be an adult with him in the morning and afternoon to help him learn the routine and help him unpack and pack.
I get that there has to be documentation and data to prove if interventions are working or not but lets be realistic here. Let's find a place on that chart to capture all the data. We have had 22 days of school. His classroom teacher has been out of the building for 2 professional development days, 2 sick days and a family funeral. In addition he has added 2 special ed teachers, 2 special ed IAs, a new music teacher, PE teacher, PT and PT assistant, OT, speech therapist, principal, school counselor and the countless staff that supervise recess and lunchtime and those are the just the people I know about. I should throw in there that after the first 13 days of school it was reported to me that his classroom teacher didn't have a classroom schedule. Each time the resource teacher went to pull him out for his time with her the class was doing something different.
I think that the fact that Riley is behaving better and is more engaged for the substitute teachers than he is for he classroom teacher speaks volume to the situation that he is currently in.
OK I feel better now that I have that out. I will say that the speech therapist at his school is a genuinely beautiful soul She totally gets Riley and has been the person at school that he quickly bonded with. Honestly I like the support team in place and I felt like they had some great plans for Riley at our team meeting on Tuesday. I was trying to hold on to a glimmer of hope that things would improve until the bomb was dropped that there are still alternative placements available. The thought of putting Riley through another transition to a new school makes me physically ill. I don't know what the solution to all of this is but I do know that a solution better be figured out quickly and not at the expense of my child's spirit.
So on that note and in honor of throwback Thursday here is a smile from years gone by.