I Can't Get My Work Done Because I'm Not Allowed To Be In The Building

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  1. Ms.Holyoke

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    I have tried numerous phone numbers for certain kids and I have even asked our social worker for alternate phone numbers. I'm sure some parents will answer and some will not. I am well aware that we are salaried and I probably work about 15 hours days right now. I just prefer to work at home rather than stay at school. My friend is a first year teacher in my school and she takes no work home but arrives at 6 and leaves at 6:30-7. Anyways, I'm not complaining that they want us to call from school but I just wish there was another way to get in touch with parents!! Sorry to derail the thread.
     
  2. Always__Learning

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    I would ask your social worker about the process. Where I am if we can't get a hold of a parent we call child services. I work with older students so I often ask the kids for their parents' cell number if we are having a problem. But ultimately if they have no workable number and we've tried a number of avenues to get one, they are not meeting their required obligations as a parent.
     
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    I call maybe one parent a year. Most issues can be handled via email much more quickly and efficiently.
     
  4. Ms.Holyoke

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    I wish. :( I've emailed 10 parents with no responses.
     
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    That's evidence that you've tried.
     
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    We have keys, a key fob, and our own security code for our building. We can access it pretty much 24/7/365. Sometimes we may not be able to access our actual room, but we could use another area. Our contract hours are 7:30-3:10. There's always at least one custodian there between the hours of 6:30am-11pm, so even after being there for years, I've still never had to use my security code.
     
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    My first school was like that and it was awful. The principal had young kids and was gone by 4. The custodian would kick us out by 4:30/4:45.

    As a 1st year teacher I really needed that time at school with school resources like the copier, multiple textbooks and resources, school printer, school internet (at the time my home internet was still dial-up). It is not ok to force teachers to have to use their own resources like their own printer or laptop because they're getting kicked out of the building.

    After a few years a very vocal teacher transferred to our school and we were given the alarm code. I still never used it because I heard many stories of teachers deactivating it wrong, which triggered an automatic call to the police.

    When I transferred I was blown away when I was given keys to the building.

    I hope a veteran teacher would be willing to approach the principal soon.
     

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