Back story, the Cliff Notes version: school district Powers That Be decided on a re-eval for Amigo's autism for fear of our filing a formal complaint with the state.
We met with the team to discuss our feelings and meet the diagnostician. This went well, despite the school social worker's inability to locate the release forms and failure to confirm that she had everything she needed from us. As she flipped through her chaotic files to find what should have been easily accessible, Chuck tried not to smirk. This school social worker was part of the team that created a flurry of errors last spring leading us to consider filing a complaint with the state Department of Public Instruction. Ms. "I'm just the paper pusher!" didn't even seem to do that task well.
And now, without further ado, excerpts from Actual Emails:
School social worker: Can we meet for an IEP on Monday, November 30?
Daisy: Mondays are bad for Chuck. Please find another day and date.
School social worker: How about Tuesday, December 15?
Chuck: This date is already booked; doesn't work for either of us.
School social worker: Then how about Monday, December 7?
Chuck: Mondays are bad. No Mondays. Do not attempt to set up a meeting on a Monday.
School social worker: silence.
A week later, an email arrived in my box asking "How about December 15 at 3:30?"
Me, to Chuck: "Should we enlighten her or just let her stew for a few days before we respond?"
Chuck's response (to me, not to her) included a long and involved parody of Monty Python and the Holy Grail with us as the Knights seeking the Holy IEP. I won't burden you, but I will say that I kept his email in my archives in case I need a little humor to help me handle the situation. However, it got worse, and Chuck lost his cool.
Two days later- School Social Worker: "Is it possible to make November 30 work at all?"
Chuck: "I understand that this is a difficult time of the year to be trying to schedule something. Unfortunately November 30th is a Monday. On Mondays I have to engineer Coach (insert name of major NFL coach here)'s TV show and later on that evening, another team-related live show. I have to be there. I cannot go up to the Head Coach of the (insert name of team here) and tell him 'Sorry, we can’t do your show today.' I said earlier that Mondays are not going to work and now you know why. Find something other than a Monday!!!"
So really, are you smarter than a School Social Worker? I'm sure you're smarter than this one. I sincerely believe she doesn't represent the field as a whole - and don't correct me if I'm wrong.