He made it mandatory - PTO Meeting

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  1. Bella2010

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    Oh, well. I guess I'll just lug my 2 year-old there. :p

    Beth
     
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    So all teachers have to go then? I thought it was just encouraged. Hmmm. Yes, take your 2-year-old with you!
     
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    Look at the postive. It will show parents that you have a life outside of school.
     
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    My three mile wide witch streak says to remind you to make sure he's hungry and tired when the meeting starts...
     
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    Yup, I would definitely take your 2 year old with you! He might change his mind on the mandatory meetings then.
     
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    Do you have a contract?
     
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    *Like*
     
  9. Bella2010

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    Lol, that might not be too far from the honest truth! :lol: That's a daycare day for him, and he's always in a bad mood after those days because he doesn't get his nap out.

    Yes, there's a nice clause that says, "To accept the work and perform the duties assigned by the Superintendent and Principal, realizing that assignments will be made in an effort to provide the best possible educational program for the youth of the community.

    To be in the building where the employee is to work during the hours designated by the Board unless previously excused by the administration." So, from what I gather, that pretty much gives him the green light to require after school stuff.

    Beth
     
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    Have you asked your union rep about the meetings? This wouldn't fly with my union, and we have similar verbiage in our contract.
    This part seems to be addressing your work hours. I'm sure the Board didn't designate PTO meetings as part of your work hours.
    I really think his demand is worth arguing.
     
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    We're not part of a union. :blush:

    Beth
     
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    How about getting every single teacher with children to bring those children to the meeting? Might make him reconsider next time!
     
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    I would definitely bring your two year old. I would try not to have him act out too much unless you have some safety in your job (tenure or the like).
     
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    I'm going to do my best with that. Like I said earlier, it's a daycare day for him, and he's always in a bad mood on those days. So, I'll do what I can with a cranky two-year-old who is expected to sit and be quiet. I really don't think it's going to work. At all. Oh, well. He can't say I didn't try.

    Beth
     
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    Yeah, he changed the wording to, "ALL TEACHERS MUST PLAN TO ATTEND!!"

    Beth
     
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    Well, I'm curious to see how it goes so let us know. I have a nephew around that age and I can't imagine how he'd act at that kind of meeting. If you now know it's mandatory for the next meeting maybe you can start looking for an emergency sitter just in case it doesn't work out this time.
     
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    I'm curious to see if ALL TEACHERS attended and would make note of those that didn't... find out their excuse for not showing.
     
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    My guess is that your child won't be the only one there. It's silly that your principal is making it mandatory. It makes me wonder if there is something in particular being planned for this meeting that he wants the teachers there.
     
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    I see your point. It just really sucks. Baseball/softball/soccer season(s) are starting up. Games are always on Monday. One other teacher has three kids who all play sports, same sport but different ages, and a husband who works out of town. So, she's having to find people to shuttle her kids around AND miss their games. Another teacher has two kids who play on Monday and is missing their games.

    It's just a pain, feels inconsiderate, and it's the end of the year. So, we're all pretty sick of everything, lol.

    Beth
     
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    That stinks! I guess I should be glad my school doesn't have those meetings! I remember at my old school having to stay until 5pm for trainings twice a month for 4 months...we got paid a little extra but one teacher had to pay daycare overtime so she actually lost money! And the trainings were supposed to be incentives! Makes no sense.
     
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    This just makes me so upset. You know, as teachers, we're always told to put the kids first, but the message seems to be "put every kid BUT YOUR OWN first." :( I'm sorry you're having to go to this.
     
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    I would try in the kindest way possible to talk to your principal. Tell him you want to ask him a really big favor. He might say yes, If he doesn't, at least you tried. Make sure if you do talk to him, talk to him one on one without an audience.
     

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