Saturday, January 29, 2011

Injured Child? Don't Expect District To Call You!

 
Dear SCATS:

Were you aware that there is no policy in place in the GCSD that pertains to parental notification if a child is injured during school hours? There is only a policy that allows parental notification if a child is being sent for emergency treatment. Also, if your child is bullied or assaulted during school hours, there is no policy for parental notification as well (as long as your child did not defend himself). However, if your child defends himself, parental notification will happen because your child is now in trouble over the Zero Tolerance policies. I believe we have a right to know if our child is injured or assaulted during the school day prior to their arrival home with a “note” or “incident report” from the nurse about the injury they sustained at the hands of another student. Recently, my 6 year old was assaulted by another 1st grader. His head was slammed into a lunch table and his neck was injured on the edge. My son has a medical condition and is on a heavy dosage of medications, including chemo, which affects his clotting of his blood. The school is completely aware of this and the risks that were involved, yet they failed to contact me. I had to rely on the information of a 6 year old to explain the events with an “incident report” in hand after he got off the bus. This is NOT acceptable!

SCATS ~~ I'm aware that the Greece Central School District behaves as if they own your child from the time the bus picks him/her up until the time they drop them off. What happens in between is a well kept secret!

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think it must depend on the school. My 6 year old has had several incident reports sent home from the nurse for really minor bumps (like a knee hitting a chair) to a bigger incident when she fell off a swing.

SCATS said...

To 8:17PM ~~ Would you be fine with it if your child was attacked as described by the person who emailed me and you didn't find out until your kid arrived home with an incident report at the end of the day? The point is that the district fails to call parents WHEN the incident occurs. I'd be furious if I were the author of that letter. If it were me & it was handled this poorly, I'd be getting the PD to write their own incident report including talking to the attacker.

Anonymous said...

I was responding to the point that I wouldn't expect the school to contact me if emergency (doctor,hospital) care wasn't required. The OP may have a different situation than me and should probably request that any incident should result in a phone call. That having been said, in general, I don't have a problem with an incident report coming home and not getting a call for every bumped shin. I also don't know if I'd be calling the PD for an incident between 6 year olds. If I thought there was bullying going on, I'd be in the principals office first thing the next morning.

SCATS said...

To 9:55PM ~~ Who said anything about a call for every bump? Let's not forget that DO, the BOE & school administrators keep p*ssing & moaning about a lack of parental involvement. Here's a perfect opportunity to get them more involved ;) Oh wait! I almost forgot ... they only want involvement on their terms! Which is why parents have fled the scene long ago.

Anonymous said...

This was not a bumped shin or fall from a swing, nor do I believe those should warrant a call. But, a child's head slammed down into a table with an injury to the neck (a child with medical concerns) should warrant a phone call. Don't we have the right to know if our child has been bullied. I agree with Scats that this district tries to sweep things under the rug and that they have a lack of parent involvement because there is such poor communication and because of the way they want to keep parents at arms length.

Anonymous said...

This parent should have heads rolling at that school! They placed that student in danger because of their medical condition. I would be contacting the nurse, the principal and then contacting Don N. and then the Superintendent! Heads should be rolling!!!

Anonymous said...

I agree with the others that for minor injuries scrapes, bumps, and lil accident in gym does not need a call home. WHen another student CHOOSES to injure another they should be calling. I am sick of the school handling the bully's internally. They try to sweep in under the rug. The bully problems will never go away until the DO and admin actually acknowledges the incidents for what they are and inform parents and quick hiding behind so called privacy laws. When a male student inappropriately touched my daughter add she told the principal immediately, and myself after school, ( nothing sent home or no call BTW) when I called the principal would not even confirm the name of the student or discuss what was going to happen due to "privacy". This student touched my daughter had sexually explicit words and was in 2nd grade. The school protects the bully and did nothing for my child.

Anonymous said...

The incident with the child being slammed into a table is an example of the children not being sufficiently supervised. That's why the principal tried to hush it up they are liable for damages.
And just like animal control gets involved with a dog bite, the authorities should be involved when a child attacks...no matter the age of the child. Was it play gone wrong or was it deliberate anger on the part of the pusher? Someone needs to investigate.

SCATS said...

To 8:49AM ~~ I agree that heads should be rolling ... all the way to O'Rourke's office (is it still dark and empty often?) and back down the chain of command again, Nadolinski, BOE, building principal, nurse, classroom teacher ... and Greece police should be called to take a report for assault.

Anonymous said...

To All:

If and I say if this incident happened as described, it should be reported to the school board at the next public meeting during the public forum. This is in addition to a private meeting with the Supt.

As a parent I would get in writing from the Supt./Principal that you WILL be contacted by the school EVERY time your child gets a "bump", hit, etc in the future, especially because of his medical condition.

In addition, I would have someone research school board policy. I am not so use that there is not a policy regarding contacting parents when some thing as this is described in this incident.

Some one really messed up on this one and those above should get an ear full after the principal of the school gets two ear fulls.

Sorry it happened.

Sincerely

Doug Skeet

SCATS said...

To Doug ~~ When this person originally contacted me, I did look through the online policy manual and found nothing other than that parents should be contacted if possible before their kid is transported away by ambulance! I have the impression this particular parent also researched some on their own.

Of course, that doesn't mean much because the online policy manual is not updated like it used to be. It's very apparent that the BOE doesn't want parents to have information to useto help them be involved. They stopped posting approved minutes from past BOE meetings, too.

Anonymous said...

I agree that this case wasn't handled appropriately by the school. However, I really think it depends on the school. My son was bit by another student once and I received a phone call (and the injury report came home, too), and I've also been called when my daughter was seen in the nurse's office due to pretty mild issues. A consistent policy throughout the district would be nice.

SCATS said...

To 1:28PM ~~ That's NOT good enough. It's time policy be applied consistently acrossed the district. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Anonymous said...

To the original poster and all persons in similar situations. PLEASE understand that the ONLY way to have this policy changed and reinforced for the better, the way we all know it should be, is to SUE. You have to hurt them where it hurts, in the pocket. If you do not, they will make excuses, they will deflect, they will even blame you for this situation (as some ignorant people in this thread have already attempted to do). You have a valid and achievable civil suit. PLEASE follow SCATS advice and call the police and file a police report on this situation. PLEASE talk to an attorney and pursue a law suit against the district for the negligence they have demonstrated in endangering the welfare of your child. It is the only way to help your child from going through this again, and other children as well. No amount of complaining will change anything as it stands because in their own eyes, the district is infallible. Outside justice is required to effect change.

SCATS said...

To 4:59PM ~~ While I don't disagree with your general advice, I can't recall a time that a policy was ever enacted or changed due to a lawsuit, can you? Lawsuits don't bother them. They are just minor inconveniences and the expenses are covered by the taxpayers.

Anonymous said...

SCATS, (from 4:49) actually yes, I could name more than a few policies that were put in place as a direct consequence of law suits. An example which is well known is the special education Consent Decree. Another example is the medicaid judgment filed against Greece mentioned in another thread, which led to and is leading policy changes. There are many lesser known examples as well. The fact of the matter is, they do care about law suits and that's about all they care about(they are sorry only when they are "caught" and made to pay). If you were up in DO you would see that law suits actually bring them anxiety. Law suits make them scramble and scurry like rodents. (they only ever react, they don't know what the phrase proactive measures means). Even if the reason for that is only loss of face, loss of credibility and public embarrassment, it's still something. It's better than nothing.

SCATS said...

To 9:15PM ~~ I didn't really think of the Consent Decree as a policy change per se. I was thinking more along the lines of any changes that might have been made when someone was injured, attacked, abused, but I see your point. Thank you for the info.

Anonymous said...

When is the next BOE Meeting with the residents' forum? Is it February 8th?

SCATS said...

To 10:33PM ~~ Yes, Feb. 8th @ 6:30PM though they rarely start on schedule & make us wait until they are done with their closed door discussions.

Anonymous said...

Slow down. Have you not learned by now that bitching thru this blog is the least effective way to make change happen.

How about direct contact with board member(s) by those who think thay can make a good case for a change. It really does work; personal experience!

SCATS said...

To 10:40AM ~~ Dream on! Least effective? By what measure? Using what standards? It is well known that as items come up on here changes ARE made. They aren't attributed to SCATS, but I'm not looking for kudos. I'm looking at the bigger picture and there are definitely changes made as a result of this BLOG's existence.