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Please tell me if I'm wrong here, but I DO NOT think this is an appropriate e-mail for a school counselor to send the staff:
Please, DO NOT send students up anymore to discuss schedules. TELL YOUR STUDENTS not to come up to ask about schedules.
As I have already mentioned, I do not have the time to stop every five minutes and answer their questions.
Also, unless you absolutely need to see me about something, please do not come to my office until after school.
I have deadlines to meet just as you do and I need to focus solely on getting classes leveled.
He constantly sends emails like this. He's never available to students, parents, or staff. We are supposed to work closely because I do most of the counseling (under the guise of supportive guidance since I'm not a licensed counselor). He NEVER forwards important emails to me, rarely keeps me in the loop on issues with students, etc. During our Hound Connect (students and parents pick up schedules, tour school, etc), he told everyone he was unavailable when he was locked in his office. I'm the person who gives out school supplies and when my boxes came in from Kitz for Kidz, he stole them then lied and said he didn't have them!!!
As a teacher, would this piss you off? Or even as a parent who could never access him??
Last edited by mandy5586; September 4th, 2012 at 09:01 PM.
His "job" is School Counselor, but he mainly just does schedules and is the test coordinator. At all of the other campuses, the school counselor is also the 504 coordinator, the at-risk coordinator, and RTI. My sister (who teaches here) is the 504 and RTI Coordinators. Our at-risk list is NEVER updated. Last year, a coach was doing the list. I found NINTEEN 8th graders that weren't on the list for having failed a grade! That is one of the BIGGEST at-risk indicators of dropping out of school! It's ridiculous.
Sorry, I was really, really irritated last night when I posted this. I need to remember to not read my work email at home!
WOW! That sounds horrible and like an administrator (his boss) really needs to curtail that behavior. I wish I could do that some days, but yea, I (like the rest of us) have to do all of our job and not just the parts we want to do.
I'm sorry you have to deal with someone like that.
That is ridiculous and i sincerely hope he's not the only counselor in the school. There is no reason for someone to blantantly blow off their job.
Sounds to me like he needs a reprimand....or better yet a replacement!
He really has no business being a school counselor. At the end of last year, he applied for a counselor transfer to the old high school that he used to teach and coach at. I prayed that he'd get the job, but unfortunately we're stuck with him here. Our school morale is SO low. A few of the department heads (and school diag) went down town to complain and they said they can't do anything until the Principal complains about him...which won't happen. They go way back and our principal just pretty much lets him do whatever he wants. When I got to school before 7am today, the halls were a stirrin' about his email. I guess someone said something to him (I swear it wasn't me......lol) so he sent an email saying this:
I am working on completing schedule changes and leveling. If you need to see me, please wait until this afternoon if at all possible.
It's been brought to my attention that apparently I offended someone(s) with my recent email. Let me apologize if my email from last night offended anyone.
Have a good day…
I just want to punch him. Last year, we had a student who was raped. After it happened, her mom called the school and met with the counselor. He stopped me in the office and said that "for some reason" the female student wanted me in the room when she was interviewed by the police. He just couldn't believe that she wanted me in the room. Um, because she TRUSTS ME!