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RE: bad subs (Barb)


From: Kimberly Herbert (kimberly_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sun Oct 15 2000 - 19:50:30 PDT

I know it is a privacy issue, but emergency medical information should be
available in some form. When I was subbing, a student in another room nearly
went into diabetic shock. The kids had pulled several pranks, including a
fake asthma attack. The diabetic child was a ringleader of the trouble. So
when he told the sub he needed to go get his sugar tested, she assumed it
was another prank. Fortunately the student walked out of the room and across
the hall to the room I was in (the whole grade level was out observing block
scheduling at another school). He asked me to tell the other sub he was
diabetic. I did and sent him down to the nurse with a trustworthy student.
The nurse sent back a note that he needed sugar and to lie down. It can be a
simple as a notice that you have students who have the following problems
and that the teacher next door knows the names if the sub should need them.
Also emergency procedures on dealing with asthma attacks, diabetes, and
epileptic seizures should be in your sub folder if you have students with
these medical conditions.

Kimberly Herbert (
CAM Administrator
San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts/Children's Art Museum

-----Original Message-----
From: Felsecker []
Sent: Sunday, October 15, 2000 4:17 PM
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Subject: Re: bad subs (Barb)

Hi Holly:
I think that in most schools nowadays, finding a sub is getting more and
more difficult, that's for sure. We teachers are also called upon, if there
are no subs available, to help out our fellow teachers and we are also
I make sure that I have current seating charts (with those students who
can be a hassle at times, circled), explicit instructions (down to the last
detail), times of classes, times of prep period, where the nearest lounge
is, who to contact in case of questions and problems, AND I leave my
personal phone number if they need me in an emergency. I ALWAYS call the
sub (early in the morning I am to be gone) with verbal instructions. I can
sympathize with subs and I know that if I was a sub, I'd want to be treated
with respect and consideration too.
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Sent: Sunday, October 15, 2000 3:45 PM
Subject: Re: bad subs (Barb)

> In a message dated 10/15/00 4:40:32 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
> writes:
> << Aren't you able to "request" certain subs you CAN trust with your
> We have the option of requesting whomever we feel can handle the day
> any mishaps. I keep a mental list of those I'd NEVER want and those that
> I'd trust totally.
> Barb F. >>
> In my middle school, we can't GET subs, the kids are so difficult. The
> regular teachers here have to cover an absent teacher's class, giving up
> their prep or professional period. The teacher gets compensated though.
> Holly :0)
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