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Posted on February 23, 2015 10:25 pm
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Victoria Horn
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Not showing up for school
I have these two girls that are siblings who do not come to school often. Their mother and father keep saying they have car issues. They come 3 days out of the 5 that they are suppose too. They are behind in their reading and math levels. I also notice that the two girls do not have good hygiene. I want to help, but I don't know how too. What do you think?
 
     
     
 
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Solution 1
Posted February 24, 2015 1:32 am

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First and foremost you should notify the counselor at your school. You always want to have documentation of what is done. Mention your concern about their hygiene as well. This may be correlated. I know of a student who actually lived in a car with his mother and sister. When the car broke down he was unable to get to school. I would hate for this to be a similar situation.
Once you speak to the social worker and counselor at your school consider sending home any pamphlets you have about perhaps bus schedules or what have you. If the parents are having a problem OTHER than car troubles and do not divulge this information to you, then it's best if you don't make assumptions about any correlation of issues. Instead, offer information about their children using the bus, even if temporary.
As for the reading and math the most important thing you can do is get an RTI process moving. These can be lengthy, so the sooner you get this started the faster you can give these students help.
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uJabaz
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Excellent suggestion!
  Posted on: February 26, 2015 8:37 pm

Candice Greene
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This method seems like it would be very effective, I would use it if I were in this situation as a teacher.
  Posted on: February 27, 2015 6:25 pm

Danielle Brock
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I enjoyed reading this idea.
  Posted on: March 1, 2015 11:01 pm

Breanna Bunnell
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That is a nice suggestion
  Posted on: March 2, 2015 3:55 am

eSyTyt
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Great suggestion!
  Posted on: October 16, 2015 2:58 am

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Solution 2
Posted February 24, 2015 2:31 am

araseS
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I agree that this problem should not be ignored. Notify the school immediately. It is clear that something is probably going on at the home or that the family does not have the proper resources to take care of these things (for example: a car to get them there on time, a place to shower at night, a place to study and do homework). The parents are probably embarrassed, so making this known will help the children receive better benefits.
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uJabaz
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Excellent suggestion!
  Posted on: February 26, 2015 8:37 pm

Candice Greene
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I agree that the best thing to do would be to notify the school. It might be a sensitive subject for the family to talk about that is having issues.
  Posted on: February 27, 2015 6:25 pm

Breanna Bunnell
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I agree with this advice
  Posted on: March 2, 2015 3:54 am

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Solution 3
Posted March 1, 2015 5:41 am

dubaNu
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You could talk to the parents and see if there is anything you can do to help the students in the classroom, but also encourage that they come to school everyday so they can have the full learning potential.
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Breanna Bunnell
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Great suggestion
  Posted on: March 2, 2015 3:54 am

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Solution 4
Posted March 6, 2015 3:16 pm

ymuZuG
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First things first, alert the counselor at your school of the situation. It is important that this situation is looked into because there could be some bigger problems going on that endanger the children's welfare. Secondly see if you can contact the parents with information about finding a different way to get the kids to school when they are having car trouble. They could always ride a bus or possibly car pool. Do not dig for information that the parents do not want to indulge because you don't want to embarrass them. As for the students falling behind in their studies, find out if there is any way the students could stay after school on the days they are there to go over what they have missed. this could help them catch up a little bit to their peers.
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Solution 5
Posted March 9, 2015 6:18 pm

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This should definitely be reported to your school's social worker. This seems like a form of neglect in my opinion, but missing school frequently should be reported to the social worker. It is his or her job to contact the parents to hopefully resolve the issue. In Georgia, there are legal consequences to a child missing school and it all falls on the parents.
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Solution 6
Posted March 15, 2015 2:02 pm

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I feel as if this issue is becoming a common theme in education.i would seek out the counselor for help and guidance to resolve the issue you are experiencing. Counselors are allowed to make in home visits if they suspect students have bad living conditions.
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Great idea!
  Posted on: October 16, 2015 2:58 am

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Solution 7
Posted March 2, 2015 3:53 am

Breanna Bunnell
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I would absolutely get in contact with the counselor and let them know. The fact that they have poor hygiene can be an alarming sign (or nothing at all), but would definitely be a sign that you wouldn't want to ignore.
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