Resigned. Am I entitled to my personal belongings back?

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  1. BrownEyedGirly

    BrownEyedGirly Rookie

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    I resigned due to a family medical issue, did so over the phone after I spoke with her about the issue and she seemed ok with it and understood. I mentioned I had some of the school's belongings and offered to bring them up the next day after school was over. She insisted I focus on my family and she would call me later on in the week.

    I spent hundreds of dollars, like all teachers on here have, on decorations, 2 pocket charts and all the supplies for my desk (the teacher who left took everything.) I don't have any pictures or anything like that on my desk, but do have stuff I never used in the draws and all of my desktop stuff I paid for. I'm not about to go and rip apart the classroom, but I would like or think I am entitled to all of the supplies on top of my desk and the two pocket charts I have hanging up that were rather expensive. She contacted me today 2x about getting back the schools belongings. She told me I have to go up next week, on a specific day and between a certain time (during school hours). I didn't question it, but I would have much rather gone up after school hours so I can get into my old classroom and get my stuff. I'm assuming now since she wants me to go up during the normal school day, I won't be able to get back into my old classroom now. I have a child, so now I have to bring my child up with my sick family member, so they can stay with my child in the car. I have no idea if they hired another teacher yet, my name is still on the school website, or who they have covering the class. I just figured she would want to do this after school, not in the middle of the school day.

    So, is everything in this classroom now "their" property? I mean, I have the keys, but since techincally I am no longer an employee there, I don't think it would be wise to go up this weekend and take stuff from the classroom. Am I entitled to this stuff or no?
     
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  3. czacza

    czacza Multitudinous

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    Call or email her back. Tell her you can be there right after school to drop off school belongings and to PICK UP WHAT IS YOURS.
     
  4. giraffe326

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    Do you still have the receipts? If so, legally, she cannot keep your things.

    If you do not have receipts, she should morally not keep your things.

    I keep receipts of all the things I pay for. For example, I bought 4 book cases in my classroom. The back of each has my last name written on them, the word 'personal', and a copy of the receipt taped to it.
     
  5. schoolteacher

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    You are absolutely entitled to your personal belongings. She sounds as though she is being considerate of your situation by telling you to focus on your family first. Why don't you explain your difficulties in coming at the appointed time and ask her if you can make it a more convenient time? Best wishes to you and your family.
     
  6. BrownEyedGirly

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    Do you think this is going to cause unnecessary drama or could she just refuse to do it after school hours? The time she said to go up is fine, (either way I'll have LO with me and my family member since I don't want to leaver her alone), it's just that obviously since it's during school hours, I'm not going to just walk back into the classroom or request that.

    I just figured it would be after school hours, so I could get back into my classroom. She has to know that the stuff that is in there, I bought. Yes, I do have receipts for all of it.
     
  7. Caesar753

    Caesar753 Multitudinous

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    Receipts or not, what's yours is yours. Receipts just make it easier to prove what's yours.
     
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    She might refuse, but I don't think it's worth worrying about that unless it comes to that. For now, call or email her and tell her that you'd like to come in right after school one day so that you can pick up your personal belongings. See what she says.

    If it comes to it, you can call the police or sheriff and ask them to escort you into your classroom in order to retrieve your belongings. They do that sort of thing all the time in roommate situations and whatnot. Keep in mind that this sort of action is probably a last resort and your principal probably won't like it--don't do it unless you have no other option.
     
  9. readingrules12

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    From a legal stand point yes, you are entitled to your belongings. The question is do you want to go there? They might have some things they could do to you from a legal stand point. They could threaten to take away your teaching certificate (even though both you and I know you had a great reason to retire). If you choose to fight this battle, realize they might fight back and make it very unpleasant for you. My recommendation is to try to be as kind and as professional in your working to get your personal items back.

    From my personal opinion, I think it stinks they don't cooperate more and help you to get your stuff back. I am sorry you are going through this.
     
  10. JustMe

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    YES, GET YOUR THINGS!!!
     
  11. linswin23

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    Take a friend, family memeber, someone and go get your stuff! It is yours and as long as you paid for it you should be able to get it back!
     
  12. geoteacher

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    Of course you are entitled to get your personal possessions. I would call and say that you don't want to disrupt the classroom flow during the school day, and that you would be happy to come either before or after school at their convenience.
     
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    You can definitely get your personal belongings back. I took over for a teacher who left mid-way last year and she left behind a lot of things.

    She wanted to be considerate however and waited until the end of the year to collect her things back so I could use them throughout the year. However you want to do it is up to you though. =]
     
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    I would just give her a call and let her know that you have personal belongings in the classroom that you need to get when you drop off the materials. Then ask if she still wants you to get the items at the same time because making more than one trip is going to be difficult.
     
  15. FourSquare

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    Absolutely get your things. I took over for a teacher last year and she came in on a Saturday and STRIPPED that room. I mean...butcher paper off the boards and everything. Made a lot more work for me, but I don't blame her in the slightest. You spent the money. It's your stuff.
     
  16. MissScrimmage

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    I completely agree. Get your things back!! I have also invested a lot of money into my classroom (what teacher doesn't??) and you are entitled to have the items you purchased.
     
  17. ecteach

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    You are most definitely entitled to your personal possessions.
     
  18. Bored of Ed

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    Does any of the time range she told you to come overlap with outdoor recess, lunch, or out-of-room specials so you can get your things without disrupting the class? Maybe that could make everyone happy?
     
  19. Caesar753

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    Did you end up getting your things?
     

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