My P has this big thing about students being only with their classroom teacher the first 2 weeks of school. We have a huge focus on classroom community and teambuilding and she wants to build that and have them get used to routine, etc. We also tend to have a lot of behavior problems at the beginning and she thinks less change will help. They don't go to specials during this time either. Last year, I didn't know the kids at all yet and a lot of them had push in hours on their ieps (from previous teacher) so I was able to go around to their regular classrooms and observe, see what they were like, and meet some of the push-in hours. However, this year I already know them, I really don't need to observe in their regular classes, there isn't much to help with in the regular room, and almost none of them have push-in hours left on their ieps. I'm almost positive that if I miss the entire first 2 weeks I won't be able to meet service hours for all of the students that month. The first week is only 3 days and the 2nd week is 4 days, but I still think I won't have time to make all that up. Last year I did end up seeing kids that very last friday of the second week just to do get-to-know-you and things like that. I have a really hard time getting our building leadership to understand the legality of meeting the service hours- to make a long story short I'll just say that I've never really been able to convince them that nothing should really get in the way of meeting the hours. So simply stating that isn't going to get me anywhere. The classroom teachers pitched a fit about this policy last year (because they got no planning when there was no specials) and the P was adadment about it. Personally, I don't really understand it- things like going to specials, seeing me, the gifted teacher, or the title 1 teacher are part of their routine- why establish a classroom routine (without all those things) that won't be permanent anyway? It also caused some (thankfully pretty minor all things considered) bitterness among the staff that the specials teachers and I got two weeks of "extra planning" while the classroom teachers were teaching without a break. I totally understand where they're coming from of course- but it's not like I could help it- I certainly didnt ask for or want that extra time. I know my P is just going to say that I should spend those 2 weeks in the regular classrooms, but I HATE that. Can you imagine just spending two weeks 7 hours a day standing around in someone else's classroom watching them teach?? So what would you do?