Yesterday I get a call from the principal at Meggers school telling me she was putting me on speaker, that she and Meggers ESE teacher would like to speak to me. I was really caught off guard and didn’t have time to process everything they were telling me. Here’s the gist of what I got out of the conversation…
The ESE teacher that pulls Meggers for reading and math is overseeing three grade levels and they’d like to move Meggers to a different classroom because it would make things easier for him. Now that I’ve had time to talk to my husband and process everything this didn’t sit right with me.
I told them that Meggers doesn’t do well with change and that she’d been doing really well in her current classroom and I wasn’t sure if I was comfortable with this. They told me that Meggers had been going down to this other classroom, already had a friend in there, and seemed to do fine in that classroom. This made me a little angry because they hadn’t informed me she was being integrated into another classroom or even discussed the possibility of a move. I ended the conversation saying I’d like to discuss this with Meggers and meet with everyone involved to make sure this move would be in Meggers best interest and wouldn’t set her back.
After I got off the phone I called and relayed the conversation to hubby who wasn’t convinced this was in Meggers best interest and the more I processed what was said the more I agreed with him.
At the end of last year Meggers teachers, therapists, hubby and I decided as a team, that Meggers would repeat Kindergarten this year. Everyone involved agreed the extra year would give her the opportunity to strengthen her reading skills, her social skills and give her a chance to mature emotionally. She would stay in the same classroom, where already knowing the routine would give her a chance to really get a head of the game and feel like a leader. She would be going through some medicine changes and her current team had already handled a seizure, knew the signs to look for which would put hubby and I at ease. We also agreed that because Meggers had a late birthday and wasn’t yet six it really wouldn’t set her back.
So, I called the principal back and left a message with her secretary, expressing my concern, she called me back and I have a meeting with her on Tuesday. I called the ESE parent liason and explained the situation to her and asked if she would be present for the meeting, I wanted to make sure Meggers best interest was at heart here and that this wasn’t just a move of convenience.
I’m a little upset by the whole ordeal! I know there’ve been budget cuts this year and from this conversation it’s clear that they’re probably a little understaffed. Maybe they need to hire another ESE teacher? The thing that really gets me is the classroom that they want to move her to is the next one over, there’s one classroom separating them so I really don’t see how this benefits Meggers. Anyway, I’ll know more on Tuesday, but my gut is telling me I might have a fight on my hands, let’s hope it’s wrong.