This year I will have a child with special needs included in my classroom. As a result, I will have a paraprofessional in my classroom with me during certain times of the day as an in class support. Question- is the paraprofessional allowed to do anything besides sit next to the child with special needs and help them as needed? I keep receiving conflicting answers... Last year a colleague had a parapro, and in addition to supporting the child, she also assisted the teacher in other tasks- making copies, putting up bulletin boards, working with small groups of kids, etc. Is this okay? I thought it was- but someone told me that a parapro should not be doing anything BUT supporting the child with special needs. I was told- "She's going to be your in class support, not your assistant." However, the person who said that is brand new to the building and I'm not really sure how accurate this statement is. Parapros and teachers that have worked with parapros-- please advise! As a 2nd year teacher, I don't want to let the parapro do anything she's not supposed to!