What will my school district do with me?
August 3, 2012 6:59 PM Subscribe
I am a technology specialist for a large public school district. In my school, I am a "prep" teacher. Classes come to me, the teacher leaves, and I have them for 50 minutes. Last year, for various reasons, I developed a phobia of being alone in charge of 25-30 kids by myself. I kept seeing danger to them and being unable to help.
I took a leave from the middle of April through the end of the year. I tried to get an ELL position; that's my other license. ELL is small group and/or co-teaching and I would be just fine returning to it.
posted by Kazimirovna to education (5 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I was placed back in tech for this fall. I know I will not be able to do it. I talked to my doctor; he has been treating me all summer for this (along with a therapist). He wrote a return to work with the following restrictions, "She may not work alone with more than 15 students at one time due to phobic reaction. She may teach in a small group or coteaching environment."
Will I qualify for a reasonable accommodation as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act? Will I be given an ELL or other small group position? Will they maintain that I am unable to fulfill my current job duties and fire me?
Is there anything else I can do? I have emailed the union about this and gotten no definitive answer from them. Same with the district HR people.
They are sending me some ADA paperwork, so it continues, but I feel very alone right now and would like some insights. Thanks.