Mama Is Pissed...
Liv got hurt at school yesterday. The school, however, did not call us to let us know. She said her teacher offered her an ice pack, but she refused it. And that was pretty much all the care she got for it. Usually, when a student gets hurt, the teacher fills out an accident report and notifies the parents even if it's minor. I have to do that all the time for my students, even if it's just a bruise or bump on the knee at recess. Accident reports can be a hassle because it's paperwork and you have to know how to tell the parents about it delicately so they don't freak out. Those accident reports are also worth it because they protect the teacher and the school if the injury is worse than it appears. As a teacher, you have to do everything you can to protect yourself, your students, and your school.
My point is that I was not notified that Liv had gotten hurt. As you can see from the picture, the bruise on her chin is pretty awful. There's also some slight bruising on her cheek above that, as well. Initially, I thought it was ink and I tried to wipe it off until she started screaming. SHE told me what happened; the school did NOT. Epic fail on their part because this Mama is pissed off. It's not the first time this has happened.
I like her teacher, so I delicately crafted an email to her (and not her principal and school nurse), attaching the picture above, and let her know the protocol for accident reporting at school because she apparently doesn't know; I'd like to think that it couldn't possibly be because she doesn't care. I realize she's a new teacher, but she also needs to know what to do when something like this happens again. It will happen again because it's a school and kids get hurt all the time. I also let her teacher know how much pain Liv was actually in because of this. I don't think her teacher realizes that we could sue the shit out of her and the school and the Board of Education if Liv's jaw is, in fact, fractured and they didn't do anything about it or report the accident and notify us immediately.
Food for thought.