just a reminder...that if that child is assigned an aide and there is an
accident and the aide is not present....two words...LAW SUIT!!!!
I have a wonderful relationship with all the paraprofessionals in my school.
Because the special needs students do so well in art, they are a bit more
relaxed...but even if one of them has to go to a PPT, I get
coverage.....because it is a LEGAL issue!!! I have even said, no problem if
there is not coverage...and was told, we know, thanks...but it is a legal
issue! If there were an accident...we are covering our collective behinds!
If you are in doubt...read the IEP (individual education plan) for a
particular student...actually it is federal law (I thought it was just state
law and was corrected on this today!) and you are responsible for knowing
what a special needs student's IEP says. If they are assigned a full-time
aide...then you are to have an aide present at all times. In our school, the
PTA even pays aides to do after school classes with special needs stu
dents...they have to...not an option!
I completely agree re: the potential danger inheirent in the art room.....it
can be the most dangerous place in a school building. Especially if you have
a violent child.
You MUST, MUST, MUST insist that an aide be present. The previous art
teacher in my school was on the phone to the office instantly if a special
needs child showed up without an aide. I guess she really did not let it
slide. I am more flexible (I feel for the aides...tough job...little
pay.....ugh!) but I would not let it slide if they did not show up! Or if the
attitude was as you described! Also if they refuse to give you aide
support...get it in writing!!! This way at least you have some "coverage of