Monday, May 10, 2010
I've mentioned on my feed about my little one's playground accident. She fell and ripped her upper lip away from her top gum. The teacher called me, and I went to the school and took her to the doctor. She had to have three stitches to reattach it. I thought that was it, until....
I was sub-teaching last week when I overheard a few teachers complaining about the school nurse. One of them said that she had sent a child back to the classroom even when she needed stitches. I chimed in that the child they were talking about was mine, but I had not been told that she had been sent back to class by the nurse.
So, this morning I went and talked to my daughter's teacher and the EA in that class who was with my daughter when she was taken to the nurse. I was told that the nurse took a look at her, announced that she busted her lip, gave her a bag of ice, and sent her back to class. She didn't even touch her; even though she was bleeding "a lot." I went to the principal with this information. He told me that I would have to file a complaint with the director of schools if I wanted anything to be done about it.
I didn't even talk to the nurse. I don't think it would have done any good. I was sub-teaching one day and had a student who was throwing up. I sent him to her with a note that he was vomiting. She sent him back to class with a note that he didn't have a fever. I called her to ask if his parents had been called, and she informed me that it was her decision who to send home and that he wasn't going anywhere. It took him throwing up in the hallway and another teacher bringing him to the office for the boy to go home.
I hope that I did the right thing. I don't want anyone to get in trouble, but she didn't do right by my daughter. If they had waited for my daughter to come home by bus, it would have been nearly 6 hours before she would have been seen by a doctor since the accident. I don't even know if they'd been able to stitch it back in place by then.
Thanks for listening to the gripes!