I am in danger of losing my job?

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  1. Lovetoteach15

    Lovetoteach15 Rookie

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    I am a new teacher this year and had an issue occur after school today with transportation with one of my students. After school it is always very chaotic with all of the teachers walking their students to a common area where they divide up for after school, carpool and two seperate bus areas. One of my students who normally rides the bus was to go to carpool this week, which I reminded her of each day. Well, this afternoon I got a call from the front office. Her grandmother was in the office because apparently the student was not in carpool. I told them the truth, that the last I had seen of her was when I dropped off the carpoolers. They asked me if she could have taken the bus instead and I said possibly. I am really afraid that I will be getting in trouble for the student not going where she was supposed to after school. However, as I mentioned, I did do reminders and she rode carpool every day this week. No teachers in the school walk in to the carpool area with the students, they just drop them off in the lobby and take the rest of the group on to the two bus areas. My question is, should I email the principal over the weekend and explain what happened or wait to hear from her Monday? I am assuming the student made it home safely as I have not heard anything this afternoon. I just feel awful about this situation and feel terrible that this happened under my watch. I feel sure that the student must have gone off with her normal bus group.
     
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  3. Caesar753

    Caesar753 Multitudinous

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    I would wait to hear from the principal before responding.

    If you are asked to defend you actions, then simply point to your school's policies. Tell them that the student had been scheduled to carpool, that you escorted the student down to the lobby area where carpool students are released, and that you weren't required to supervise that area. If you did your part and if you weren't required to supervise that area, then I don't see how you could get in trouble. Maybe they need to reevaluate their pick-up policies, especially the issue of supervision.

    (I admit that I got a little confused reading your post. If I've misunderstood the situation, feel free to correct me or clarify.)
     
  4. John Lee

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    Why in the world would you think you were losing your job over this?
     
  5. Ms. I

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    I honestly don't think you'll lose your job over this. I assume things like this happen to a teacher probably a few or several times in their whole career.

    Ah, if only little kids had the memory of an adult!
     
  6. GemStone

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    You're not at fault for this. A 2nd grader should be responsible enough to remain with the car riders, especially after being a car rider all week long!
     
  7. MissScrimmage

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    I think I've had a student go the wrong direction at least once every year. I'm not saying this is a good thing, but it does happen. With so many kids it's highly likely one will go the wrong way. Stay with the situation until you can ensure the child is safe. You will not lose your job over this.
     
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    You did everything that was required of you and even a little more. I don't see how the mistake would lay with you.
     
  9. scmom

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    I think if it had turned out badly (child missing, etc.) you would have heard about it from the administration by now.
     
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    I don't think you did anything wrong.
     
  11. Joy

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    This was not your fault. A kid in second grade should be responsible enough to get home. Even if the kid got confused, it was not your fault. You can't possibly walk each kid to the bus, home, or their car. Kids do have to be able to take care of themselves a little.
     
  12. catlover

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    No, you're not in any danger.

    The grandma was actually there when they called you? No biggie -- calling the teacher is a natural first step when a child is temporarily missing. They just wanted to know if you could tell them anything useful to help them look. They probably found her a few minutes later and didn't think you'd be worrying about it so didn't tell you.

    I don't see how anything of concern could have happened to the child. Even if the bus had left, they could radio the driver instructions what to do.

    My son has incorrectly gone on his daycare bus twice instead of to the carpool group--once in 2nd and once in 3rd. We had to go in and have them hunt around for him, call the teacher, call day care, etc. We weren't mad at the teachers, and no one got fired.

    So relax. I don't see it as any sort of a big deal.
     
  13. TamiJ

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    I honestly don't think this is a reason you would lose your job. It's normal that you would feel concerned about the situation, but I bet everything worked out fine. You did your part, so you shouldn't worry.
     
  14. Curiouscat

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    Did you leave work without confirming the child had been located?
     

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