Help- Child Neglect problem-- opinion please

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  1. theteacherpet

    theteacherpet Rookie

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    ok, I am a teacher's assitant. I was covering a 4th grade class and a little girl had to use the bathroom.I said it was ok for her to go-- 10 minutes later, another student ( from a different class)comes running into the classroom saying that the little girl hurt her hand on the door and was crying. I couldn't leave my class --- so I asked the girl to come back to the class room ( so I could see her injury and she could tell me what happened)-- I looked at it and wrote her a pass to the nurse. She leaves by herself to go to the nurses office--come to find out- Her mom is upset at my school because I didn't walk with her down or send another student down to escort her-- I feel awful-- because I was quick thinking-- she seemed well enough to walk to the nurses office alone she wasn't crying- I had no idea her hand was broken--- help me to understand this somebody?
     
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  3. ChristyF

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    If a child is struggling (crying, etc) I will usually send a friend with them. If they aren't, I send them alone. We have passes we fill out and I can't tell you how many goose eggs, etc my kids have gotten on the playground (or in the room when a 4 legged chair becomes a 2 legged stool before falling) that I've sent them alone. It's a judgement call. Unless your school has a specific policy about sending a 2nd child, I think you're fine.
     
  4. 2ndTimeAround

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    I never quite understood the point of sending a second child anyhow? Unless the sick child is at risk of fainting/seizing on the trip. Even then, what would be the point of sending a young child for assistance?

    If there was a risk of something seriously going wrong on the trip to the nurse's office, I would call for admin help or get an assistant from another room to cover/escort.

    Hurting a hand on a door does not call for an escort, IMO.

    As a mother I got upset when my daughters were asked to escort a sick child to the nurse. One that feels he/she is going to throw up. I spoke to a couple of teachers about that. If a child is too sick to be around a classroom full of students, he is too sick to be that close to my kid for the walk to the office!
     
  5. Blue

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    I hope that is the worst you ever get from a parent.
     
  6. Pacificpastime

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    Mar 9, 2011

    Not a big deal. She wasn't crying and you didnt know the severity of the injury. Most likely you will always have parents who feel their kids should always get the royal treatment. Don't worry about it. Live and Learn :)
     

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