Because of medical problems, my daughter attends school for 2 classes in the morning and the rest of her education is done through the Special Education’s Hospital Homebound program. The school district made a big change to this program this school year. Instead of using full time teachers that teach during the day, they hired teachers to be full time Homebound teachers. That meant the teacher my daughter had from last grade, was no longer her teacher.
She had a difficult time coping with this because it was expected that her teacher would continue this year and it takes my daughter a while to connect and feel secure with anyone. Homebound teachers have a different type of relationship with their students. It may be because they come into the student’s home, which is a comfortable place for the student. It may be because instead of a classroom full of students and one teacher, there is just one student and one teacher. There’s also more time to talk about personal and medical problems.
My daughter’s new Homebound teacher began working with her about a month ago. Again, it took her a while to connect with him, but they created a bond. He has a very calming nature and always puts Sammi’s health first. His teaching style helps Sammi to become more confident in her skills, especially in math. She has been doing very well in all of classes, isn’t afraid to ask him questions, and is looking forward to one day go back to school full time because of his positive attitude.
I received a phone call from the school district’s Exceptional Education Department that there was a need to change Sammi’s homebound teacher because another student needed a male teacher. Sammi’s teacher is the only male homebound teacher. As shocked as I was, I tried my best to explain my daughter’s needs and to ask why she was chosen for this change. I wasn’t given an answer, but was told that the Director of ESE would be given the information about my daughter. Later that evening, I received a phone message that the decision was made, but that the director promised there would be no more teacher changes again.
My next step is to call the department back, ask for everything in writing and request a meeting with the director. I doubt it will do any good, but as my daughter’s advocate, I want the school district to understand how this decision has affected her. She is worried about meeting her new teacher, she’s sad and has talked about not understanding why “everything happens to me”. And a promise from a department head that states my daughter won’t have another new homebound teacher is ridiculous. What if the next teacher decides to leave her job or moves? I guess that wasn’t thought about just as changing my daughter’s teacher again wasn’t.
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