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Getting Injured Part of the "Job" or Not

KS Special Educator 4th/5th grade Full Inclusion

Recently it seems that it is becoming more the expectation that special educators will be injured on the job, and furthermore we should not complain or file accident reports. I am CPI trained and have never had to use restraint until this year. I avoid it even to getting injured myself. However when injured I will file a report. Personally I think that the student and the teacher have equal rights to be safe in the classroom setting. If restraint has to be used repeatedly shouldn't a behavior manifestation meeting be held and LRE discussed? Are other special ed teachers getting hurt on the job?

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All I have to say is 'post concussion syndrome.' I was attact after 21 years of teaching special needs students of all different ages. This is the first year that I ever pressed charges on one of my students. My building has gonr from students with emotional issues to students with every kind of issue on the book. I have been out of work since Oct. 15,09 and I do believe we need to hold our student accountable for thir actions.

Autism self-contained grades K-4

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If I were to fill out a police report, I would be looking for another job.

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I work in our school district's day treatment program Our district is very supportive and encourages to seek medical attention is we are injured by a student. Furthermore, if one of my high schoolers lays a hand on a staff member we are encouraged to file charges. Unfortunately, our local law enforcement has actually stated that we take on the risk of injury by the nature of our job and they will not follow through with a complaint. What message does this give to teens about anger management?

emotional support classroom

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emotional support classroom it is part of the job. shouldn't be but it has become the norm

emotional support classroom

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emotional support classroom it is part of the job. shouldn't be but it has become the norm

Special Day Class (self contained) Elementary

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My district also gave us similar training. I haven't had to use it too much. A behavior support plan shoud be developed with the help of a psychologist. I have found it takes more an more paperwork to even consider a more restrictive environment, which allows more time for a possible injury to occur. Administration at the district office has usurped the IEP team's authority in many areas due to the impact of zealous parents w/ advocates/attorneys.

Self contained, elementary

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I got my nose broken once..but not too badly..a boy banged me with his head, but I felt like I shouldn't have been behind him. Sounds like you had more than just physical injury..you should have filed for emotional due to trauma.

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a behavior support plan needs to be developed asap. you also need to look at a Behavior Intervention Plan if the behaviors are frequent and severe (which it sounds like). YES an IEP dealing with LRE and Behavior needs to be held ASAP - You also need to keep all paperwork, documentation and REPORT the injuries just like you would for the student, this will be the information you give for the IEP, BIP and BSP - without documentation - it didn't happen...

high school teacher, SLD,ED, OHI

I spent many years teaching

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I spent many years teaching at a non-public school where we were trained quite a bit. I was hurt several times and sent to workers comp and/or the ER. Now that I am at a district I am with SLD students, not as much danger, no training provided. If I did get into a position I would not be covered by up-to-date training. I definitely think that as students exhibit extreme behaviors teachers need, deserve, training that will keep the students and themselves safe

Learning Experience

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While I was getting my Bachelor's in Special Ed I tutored specific "hard to handle" special needs students. I went to a low income school and was placed in a self-contained classroom. I was hit, kicked, and one time my shirt was ripped off. The teacher I was placed with never even told me I needed to do any thing regarding paper work or special training(first year in college). I later learned that I had to file a report(which she should have done) and get restraint training. Horrible experience for everyone. I was actually scared of a 9yr old boy.
That same boy was moved to a different school and the classroom management made such a huge difference! He was so much calmer and got along well with others..no more hitting!
I was then placed in another school in a self-contained class and there was no violence at all...the teacher and aid were great and the student knew what they could and could not do and that violence was not tolerated at all.
I think the teachers make such a huge difference. Being calm and caring, yet not letting anything slide makes a huge difference.

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