So recently I was given an assignment in a grade 7 classroom for the first time. I am a high school supply, but they needed elementary and when they called I said I would take the job (because being a new supply, what else can you say?). I get to this job and find out that I am meant to take a group of 25 students on my own to a nearby rec center that's a ten minute walk away. I was nervous, but confident that I could do it. I have worked in childcare for the last four years, and if I never lost a toddler (because when you turn your head, they are typically GONE), figured I could keep an eye on a bunch of 12 year olds.... It hadn't been an entirely hectic day up until this point. I had one student who requested to go and sit in the office for some cool down time, and I effectively kept calling the office to check in with student to see if they were wanting to go on the trip still. Student opted out. Then had a student leave due to an appointment. Then had a student ask if they could go home after the activity (made sure to clear this through the office too). Next had a student tell me that they wanted to go home for lunch. This school allows their grade seven and up to leave the property during lunch hour without needing permission from either the teacher or the office-no sign out sheet or anything to keep track of who comes or goes. So the students know the routine for this day specifically, they aren't meant to go off of school property on days they go to this rec center and I remind them of that. I take the afternoon attendance while the kids are eating their lunch, whilst eating my own. Before going on the trip I do three head counts THREE and each time come up with the number I am supposed to. So we leave. Get to the rec center...then nearly an hour later the VP comes along with two students and at first I don't even recognize them or the VP (it was my second time at the school all together and my first time in the classroom). The one student had been the one that asked to go home during lunch (which I denied), and the other a friend. Thought it was a mother dropping her kids off late. Boy was I wrong. I was absolutely mortified to find out the students belonged to me and had been late coming back from an off property food joint. Essentially, they ducked and ran at some point to try and skip out, and I had absolutely no clue. And this was no doubt apparent to the VP judging by my shocked reaction (and the stomach plummeting as my initial thought was that I just lost my job). So so mortifying. And frustrating because these students KNEW the routine with their own teacher, and chose to ignore it because I am a supply (I have the utmost respect for elementary supplies who deal with these games on a daily basis). Needless to say there is a lesson learned here for me, but could I get some realistic predictions of what might happen? Will I get my name taken off of the list? I see so many stories online of children getting left behind AT the destination and no harm or foul was taken against the FULL TIME teacher, and my students were still at the school...but I am also a supply. Also, was it right for the school to send a supply who has never been in this class of 25 students before ALONE on this outing? There had been a second supply teacher in the room (they had overbooked) but told that supply teacher they had to go home at the half day (before the trip). Why couldn't that teacher have stayed the rest of the day for support? For some reason I would think that there would be a ratio for adult-student. After all, ratios in after school care is 15 kids per 1 adult (sometimes lower). Knowing that the students knowingly tried to avoid going by hanging out at this food joint and being late, would they be shouldering some of the responsibility at the age of 12 also? I am really trying not to stress about this, but I know I've made a huge error. I have many teaching friends and family that say nothing will probably come of this. I just hate how unprofessional I must have looked, and the fact that if something would have actually happened to these students I would never have forgiven myself. I can only hope that promises made that it won't happen again (which it really won't!) helps to save my career. Or am I overreacting??? Thanks so much!