Who calls home?

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  1. Rabbitt

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    An injury happened in gym class that needed a call home.
    The gym teacher did not because it's the homeroom teachers responsibility.
    The other specials teachers agreed.
    I think if something happens in your class, you make the call. Third person does not relay the information.
    What is your school policy?
     
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    Someone couldn't tell the office to call home?

    I would think the gym teacher should have or a school nurse.
     
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    In most cases, the office calls home to inform the parents of any injury.
     
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    This call would come from our school nurse.
     
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    I would think the nurse would call if it required the child to be picked up from school. Otherwise, the PE teacher should call as they were the ones who witnessed the injury and would have the most information.
     
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    It is definitely not your responsibility. It was NOT your class. It's just like when there is "drama" in a specials class, it is that teacher's responsibility to take care of it. They need to maintain their own classroom.
     
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    Either the office or the gym teacher. Whoever actually dealt with the injury.
     
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    In cases of injury our nurse calls.
     
  10. Rabbitt

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    I'm glad I'm not the only one who agrees that the classroom teacher doesn't make the call. We do not have a school nurse...only Tuesday mornings for paperwork.
    Office secretary is not supposed to either.

    Specials staff used to send naughty kids back to classroom too. That was nipped now
     
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    The school nurse....not the teacher who is, uh, teaching.
     
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    Ideally, the nurse should call. If there is no nurse, then the PE teacher should since the home room teacher wasn't even present when it happened.

    I've had to call home about injuries sustained in PE. The parent had questions that I couldn't answer. It was awkward.
     
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    It would be the health assistant at my school (we no longer have a "real" nurse, it's a para). If the injury was more than a minor scrape, it would be the AP. If it falls on a teacher to call, then I agree that it should be the PE teacher rather than the classroom teacher.
     
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    This.
     
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    Here it would be the school secretary if it was an injury that needed to be reported right away. Often our specialists will make a call home at the end of the day/on their prep anyway, if the injury is serious enough. Minor injuries just get a note sent home.
     
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    We don't have a nurse, but one of our secretaries calls to report any injuries requiring parent notification.
     
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    It should be common sense who should call. Just seems like the PE teacher doesn't want to be bothered. If you were forced to make the call I would just do it and say you have no first hand information because you were not present and if they have any questions to please call and ask to speak with the PE teacher. I couldn't answer any questions that I didn't have first hand knowledge of and refer the parents to the appropriate person.
     
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    Our secretaries handle that in most cases, barring parents wanting to talk personally to the teacher for further details.
     
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    When a student is injured, the teachers in charge of the student at the time of the incident has to fill out an incident report and call the parents. Depending on the severity, the school secratary or nurse (if she is there) will make attempts to call the parents. The homeroom teacher would be called, but not held responsible for contacting parents or answering their questions.
     
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    I can't imagine not having a nurse! Our school only has 180 some odd kids, and she's busy all day. We actually have 2 and they're both PT so that someone is always there. Schools with no nurses, who doles out the meds etc?
     
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    In my experience, California definitely doesn't have school nurses much at all. Definitely not full time at one school. My school has 600ish kids, which is a pretty standard size around here.

    Office staff doles out meds, deals with injuries, etc. If there is special medication, they get training.

    We don't have mod/severe special ed at my site. I imagine that might change things a bit, since many of those students would have more specialized medical needs.
     

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