“I also found being called Sir rather silly.” ~Harold Pinter

I was tired. It was a long day and only 3:00! Pearlsky came home and, as an aside, the aide mentioned Pearlsky had physical therapy. I looked at the sign-off sheet that comes home, and there was no therapy sign-off. I sent the teacher an email and yes, I admit, the last part of the very short email may not have been fully appropriate.

All of the sudden B is forgetting multiple times to sign off on having given Pealsky PT? I find it hard to believe it is simple forgetfulness unless all of the sudden a couple of weeks ago she had a stroke or something.

The next day, on the back of the sign-off sheet, this was written (an actual scan):

Sorry, that really made my blood boil. Not sure why, but really. I sent her an email, cc’ing the high school special ed director, the superintendent in charge of special ed, and the teacher.

You refer to the note that comes home with Pearlsky as a “silly sheet.” In case you have not noticed, Pearlsky has no communication. There is absolutely no way for me to know if she got her meds, and by whom, if she got her therapies, and by whom, without said “silly sheet.” As her father and guardian, I have not only a need but a right to know that she is getting her mandated services, and both on time and by the right staff.

You have missed giving Pearlsky her mandated physical therapy on multiple occasions, some I know by the blank space on said “silly sheet” and some by others happening to mention it. I have no clue how many sessions you have missed that I do not know about.

It is called accountability. Pearlsky deserves no less.

Moron. Then she sends me a response. Don’t people ever learn not to hand me fuel?

I have only missed one session that was not made up. My priority is to provide Pearlsky with her services but on occasion may forget to sign the sheet. You do receive notes from the teacher letting you know I saw Pearlsky so if I forget to sign it you have his note to verify I was there. If you have questions about the services I am providing you can email me directly. Going to administrators without first talking to me seems like you are trying to get me into trouble. I have worked with Pearlsky for over ten years and her well being has always been important to me. I do not know why this has become a problem this year. Please let me know the dates you believe I missed and I will check my records.

There is just so much wrong with that response. Can you find all the asinine things in there? Then, finally, this went out to the two administrators, not the PT:

B’s response to my email is mind boggling. I cannot think of another word for it.

I wrote a response but then decided she does not even deserve a response. I am sending it to you so you can see what she said, and what I would have responded with. I won’t send it on to her, feel free to handle it as you see fit.

As you will see, I am sure she will now be extra angry thinking that once again I am “trying to get her in trouble.” She has no concept that her actions may get her in trouble, not my noting them. I guess this *is* high school …

Thank you for your support of Pearlsky … we wish you happy holidays.

-SD

EMAIL FROM PT:

>I have only missed one session that was not made up.

I never mentioned whether or not sessions were made up, so I am not sure of your point. My point was that you do not always inform me that you in fact provided services, and that Pearlsky is incapable of it, hence the “silly” note.

>My priority is to provide Pearlsky with her services but on occasion may forget to sign the sheet.

My priority is to make sure that she gets her services, and I can only do that with the silly sheets.

>You do receive notes from the teacher letting you know I saw Pearlsky so if I forget to sign it you have his note to verify I was there.

It is not the teacher’s responsibility to verify to me that you are doing your job. It was made very clear when he started with his notes that the initialed sheet would continue, so this is moot. He misses things during the day and his notes are not always complete.

>If you have questions about the services I am providing you can email me directly. Going to administrators without first talking to me seems like you are trying to get me into trouble.

“Trying to get [you] into trouble”? How absurd is that? YOUR ACTIONS may or may not get you into trouble. My documentation of them does not get you into trouble. If your characterization of parental notification as “silly” gets you in trouble, I take no responsibility for that.

>I have worked with Pearlsky for over ten years and her well being has always been important to me. I do not know why this has become a problem this year.

It became a problem when, according to multiple written sources, Pearlsky missed over a month of PT services due to your actions two summers ago. Ever since then she has missed many sessions some I know, some I am sure I don’t. The only problem now is your forgetting to sign the “silly” sheet. You obviously do not understand the importance of my monitoring Pearlsky’s services, this is about her physical well being, period. I will not allow a repeat of mysterious missing services.

>Please let me know the dates you believe I missed and I will check my records.

There is no point. Besides, you probably just forgot to sign the silly sheet those days.

Have I ever told you that I hate idiots?

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