When you have a child that has an IEP that requires a paraprofessional to be in the classroom, and that paraprofessional decides to retire, it would be nice if said para gave more than a day’s notice before she stops working. It would also be nice to get notification that the para your child has had since the beginning of the school year won’t be with her any longer. It would also be nice to know how the search for a new para is going a month after the old para essentially up and quit.
I found out by accident. I should have found out at the PPT I had a month ago. Well, more than a month ago now.
On a related note, it took my daughter a month to tell me that having a different paraprofessional every day (substitute paras) for the past more-than-a-month is upsetting is stressful to her. She cried when she told me Saturday night. If I take it from her she still has a different substitute para nearly every day and not a permanent one yet. This is a child who relies very, very heavily on routine and sameness in the classroom. I had noticed that her behaviors at home were acting out and anxious, and she couldn’t tell me why. It was dumb luck when I told her that I was talking about about her “para situation” to a neighbor and the flood gates opened. She finally had words to tell me why school was upsetting her.
It’s time to call the teacher and see what the updates are. I need something concrete to tell Frou Frou.