This is the email that we had after Christmas...Hello Matt and Terry,
My name is***** and I am the School Social Worker at Alton Central School. I am writing because there is concern regarding Charlie and Brodie’s attendance and days tardy lately and I would like to try and help figure out a solution that works for your family so that the boys are not falling behind with their academics. I was wondering if there may be a simple solution, like maybe taking the bus? That would save you from having to drive them into school and would ensure that they arrive on time. I am not sure if that is an option or not for you? It would be great if you could discuss this over the long weekend and if there is anything that might work better for you, please let me know. Typically, the school looks at attendance records after the holiday break and will send out letters if there is a need. The next step would be meeting/talking with the Assistant Principal. I just want to be of any help to you that I can. I also wanted to check in with you to see if you could benefit from receiving a free/reduced lunch form for the boys, if so, just let me know and I will get one to you. Please feel free to call me anytime, or email if that works better.
I hope that you have a nice weekend and hope to hear from you soon. Thank you.
School Social Worker
Alton Central School(###) ###-####ext. 9382Hi Kelly,
I just got your email concerning Charlie and Brody's time missed from school this year. Over the last year my mother
has been very ill. I have been staying overnightshe as she needs round the clock care. In order to do this had a friend helping us by staying with the boys in the morning and doing breakfast and school drop off. Unfortunately punctuality and attendance was not one of her strengths. I was unaware of quite a bit of the time missed until report cards arrived. I did not have a lot of options when it comes to finding someone that will get up at 5 to get kids off to school. I appreciate that she was even willing to do it. Earlier this week my mother took a turn for the worse, therefore we now have in home care for her. I am aware of how important attendance is and now that our family is back to our normal routine they will not be late or missing school unless absolutely unavoidable. I feel awful that they had to miss time because of this and it is extremely important to me that they attend school regularly. Sometime situations arise and I have done my best to get through this rough patch without missing time at work and school but it was out of my hands.
I am meeting with both teachers soon to talk about what needs to be done and what options I have to get them caught up, if need be I can have them do one on one with Mrs. Tangway who is a tutor on afternoons or weekends. She comes highly recommended by other parents I have spoken to.
Thank you for the information about free or reduced lunch program but my husband and I would not qualify with our incomes.
The bus only drops off and picks up kids at the end of our road and I will not have the boys crossing the highway without an adult as they are still pretty small. If the bus starts to go down Jesus Valley Rd. I would love to have them take the bus. Unfortunately we bought our house on a dead end road and the bus has nowhere to turn around. When they are a little bigger they will start taking it.
I hope this helps you understand what we have been dealing with. If you have any other questions or concerns feel free to email or call.Thank you,
The next thing I know the social worker is reading a report saying the think I made it all up and have never seen anyone else drop the kids off.. But when they golfer dropped off late no body is outside the school?? Thy skipped by the assistant principal and all other steps that should have been taken because attendance was no longer a problem.. But they felt the need to turn me in for child neglect
and say I have a substance a use problem.... This information was in the report made to dcyf so I know part of the report came from this woman the school social worker .. Who will also be on the child study team.. How can I trust her to have my kids best interest at heart