Unfortunately, I could tell by the expression on Elliott’s face as he walked out of the school building, that it wasn’t a good day. What really caught me off guard is how upset Emmett was when he climbed into the car.
I hadn’t even had a chance to ask Elliott what was going on before Emmett went off.
Turns out he was upset because he felt Elliott had been failed by the school today. Apparently, Elliott wasn’t feeling well at lunchtime and wanted to go home. He was told that he couldn’t leave the building and to go sit down.
I understand there was also time earlier in the day where Emmett had witnessed Elliott not doing well and wanting to come home and he was denied his request.
Towards the end of the day, it sounds like Elliott was permitted to go to the office but not allowed to call me. My knee-jerk reaction would be to scream at the school because this isn’t what we agreed to. That said, I know these people and I’m pretty sure there’s more to the story than what these guys are telling me.
Look, I believe what my kids are telling me but I suspect there’s context missing from these accounts.
I’m going to stop by and speak with the school in the morning and clarify a few things but I don’t believe anything malicious took place. There may be some communication drops but we can iron those out and move forward.
What was supposed to happen was if the boys began to struggle, they could take a break in the office and regroup. They would provide the emotional support that they needed in the moment and hopefully, work through things, thus saving the school day.
Apparently, that isn’t taking place and I need to get to the bottom of that.
It’s really important that I not let emotions dictate my approach here. The staff absolutely loves the boys and wouldn’t do anything to hurt them. We probably need to get everyone on the same page so the kids can have realistic expectations as to what will happen if they feel like they can’t make it through the day once again.
I need to address this because if I don’t, they will simply refuse to go to school because they won’t believe that they will be supported in the way they need right now. I do not want that to happen because that will make life infinitely more difficult.