Sorry about the Second Diary today, but I had to get this off my chest.
My son has an IEP. For those who don't know what that is, it's a plan that ensures my son will be able to succeed in school. He has a one-on-one aide, and is actually one of the brightest kids in his class.
The problem is, he's a damn good manipulator. He knows how to get exactly what he wants. What he wants is to stay at home with his dad.
Honestly, it's sweet that he wants to spend MORE time with me, but I need the time to work, and to go to class.
So today, the school TRIED to send him home.
(Explanation on the flip.)
Never mind that it specifically says in the IEP he will not be sent home. That's the entire reason we have the aide, after all. Nope, the Vice-principal decided that I needed to pick him up. NOW. In the middle of my Spanish class.
I do keep a cell phone on me at all times and have made arrangements with the professors to allow me to take calls in emergencies. Any call from the school counts as an emergency.
Normally the procedure if my son is totally out of control is to have me called, and I straighten him out with a 2 minute conversation. It's not hard, just not giving in to his little game of "I don't wanna go to school". He figures out that he's not going to get what he wants and BOOM, he goes back to class.
Well, today, the power at the school decided to ignore it. I didn't get to talk to him, they wouldn't LET me talk to him, instead I was told I had to "Get down here and pick him up. We can't have him here."
I understand school policy, Ma'am. Please, do me a favor and RTFI. (Read the FUCKING I.E.P.)
Don't tell me your next call is to the police if I don't get down there NOW. Don't tell me that we can't solve the problem over the phone. And don't for the love of G-D Tell me that I need to abandon my classes to come get him.
The school was all set to send him home even with me THERE, and my son apologetic and wanting to go back to class. Then I demanded paperwork.
Suddenly, everything turned around. No problems. Oh, he does have an I.E.P. Never mind...
Thank you for coming down, and we expect you to do this next time.
Next time, MY next call is to a lawyer, and the police. Call it a pre-emptive strike. I've dealt with CPS before. I am not doing it again. You want me to not be paranoid, then kindly follow the rules that you set up.
Because my son's dear school, I'm demanding paperwork, EVERY time.