Paraprofessionals

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  1. vaticxs

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    I am in a self-contained class with 2 paraprofessionals. If one of them is absent, is it okay for them to tell the teacher to do the diaper changing especially if she's sick and tired of changing the student's poop? I know that's their duty to clean the student's butt, but asking the teacher to do it because the other paraprofessional is absent and she doesn't want to do it. Is that okay?
     
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    Everyone - teacher and paras - should be doing the duty. It's part of being a team.
     
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    Thank you bella84. Maybe it's the way the para addressed it to the teacher that made it a little bit unacceptable. She told the teacher "it's your turn, I don't want to change her".
     
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    Yes, that sounds like an inappropriate way to say it, but it really is everyone's job.
     
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    I would agree, as part of team you need to do some of the dirty work (literally) yourself. Next time, I would offer, especially if she's been in the bathroom a lot that day.
     
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    If the teacher is not in the middle of a lesson then she could take a turn. She shouldn't have to stop what she's doing though and leave the other students. If it's in between lessons during something like free time then that makes sense. Some of my special ed kids need changing and no assistant has ever demanded that I help. I offer to help when appropriate.
     
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    Thank you for all your feedbacks. I really appreciate it.
     
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    Hi Vaticxs: This is a "job description" issue that is different in different school districts. When all understanding fails, "check the official job description page." Both positions (teacher and para-educator) carry clearly defined job description duties.

    The teacher may not be required to change diapers and clean tables, and doesn't have to, if that's what you were hired to do.

    If I were you, I would (secretly) obtain an official job description of the para-educator and the teacher (obtain a copy from your Human Resources/Personnel dept.), read it over, and highlight duties that overlap. Then you will be in a position to insist that teacher help, when you're overloaded.

    (Your co-worker should have requested a substitute!)
     
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    Thank you DAH. This makes sense. This is a good tip and suggestion. I will do it. Thank you so much.
     
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    Wow. Teachers and paras should work collegially. INSISTINGanyone do anything is not the best for a cohesive working environment.
     
  12. Always__Learning

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    I would say it does depend on your contract. In my District, responsibilities are laid out in the contract and this is not a teacher duty. There is clearly an appropriate and inappropriate way to communicate this information, but via our union if a teacher was asked to do something outside of their responsibilities, it would be communicated that this was outside of their duties and needed to be completed by the staff assigned to the duties. Similarly, if a teacher leaves a class with a para, the para would communicate via their union that this is beyond their duties.
     
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    One para usually ask the teacher to do the changing when the other para is absent. The student usually eliminates twice a day, so when it's the second time to change, she would tell the teacher to do the changing.
     
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    Thanks Always_Learning. I already ask a copy of a Paraprofessional's job description form the HR.Thanks for your feedback.
     

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