Thank you for your reply. Going on disability/medical leave was never a thought nor an option for me. It's not that I'm suicidal or anything to that extreme that I need time to heal from before I can continue working. Right now, as I said, I am doing very well where I'm at. I do not wish to stop working (that would only make matters worse)... that’s not the issue. My colleagues and the fact that I love my job, are the only reasons that I am able to cope with the loss of my student as well as I am and that my depression & anxieties have significantly decreased. My anxieties are only very high right now because of the realization that I could possibly be taken from the very people/things that have held me together emotionally. I'm afraid of those severe anxiety/depression issues returning worse than they were before if I am transferred out of my present building. In that case, my anxieties could really become an issue. I'm trying to prevent that from occurring at all. I'm not currently seeing any health professional, but I can seek one out if I need to. Can I get a letter from a psychiatrist without going on disability? Also, does it need to be a psychiatrist or can it be an MD or other mental health professional?
Hello there yes if you don't need to go on disability you can get a letter from your therapist or your psychiatrist what can explain why you need accomodetions, and what would happen if you were to be removed and placed in a different school. I think your MD can also say that you are suffering from grief and that is theraputic to keep you where your support system is, and also talk about what would happened if they move you. I never understood why administration does not keep the teachers and teacher's aids in one school. From my side it is very hard on the children to change aids as often as they do. I see that you do not have supportive administation. Write a sample letter for your doctor and ask him to right and sign one for you. I hope you are placed in the school you like with the coworkers who are supportive.
You are absolutely right! Kids... especially those with special needs, need stability and though the administration pretend to do what's in the best interest of the students, rarely do they actually do that. In reality, they just do whatever they want to do. It's all about saving money and having special connections with certain people, rather than which staff members work best with which students and what the students needs are. They don't even bother to ask the staff who actually know the students and their needs, which staff work best where and with whom or how they can best accommodate the students' needs. They make decisions that having nothing to do with the students' best interest because they don't even know the students. It's aggravating!
Allowing staff who exhibit jubilance in working in a particular building with a certain age group of students to continue doing so (whenever possible), greatly helps to ensure the preservation of ambition and dedication for/to premium work performance from them, thus maintain a positive and productive learning environment for the students and ultimately build a foundation for happy, successful students. I truly believe that the staff who feel a strong predilection for every aspect of their job (as I do), are the cornerstone of that foundation. A positive working relationship amongst school staff creates an atmosphere of a joyful, content staff, which plays a vital role in the provision of a pleasant learning environment for the students and is bound to enhance the students’ learning, thus help them to excel both academically and socially, which is expected to be the main objective of every teacher/supportive staff member. In contrast, if a staff member is not happy in their position, it's bound to negatively reflect onto their students (as they pick up on tension) and negatively affect their job performance (even if not intentionally). Unfortunately, administration doesn't bother to think that way. They just like to do things that don't make sense!
Anyway, thank you so much for your answer. I already sent the head of the special ed. department a letter about my concerns and spoke with the building principal (though she said that she isn't really the main decision maker about staff placements, but I think that she does have at least some say in the matter). I'm hoping that that helps. I was thinking about sending a copy of the letter that I sent to the head of the special ed. dept. to the superintendent, but I'm not sure if that would be a good idea or not. I'm also going to talk with my doctor/a therapist as you suggested. The only other thing I can do, is to continue to pray about it.
Thanks again for your help. I greatly appreciate it! God Bless! :)