Playground Mishaps

~45 minutes

Dealing with difficult parents can be one of the most challenging responsibilities for a school administrator, especially when it involves making difficult decisions. Teachers can complicate these difficult situations when the decisions he or she makes jeopardizes a student’s safety. Administrators must be diplomatic in the decision-making process, thinking every decision through without being rash, to find a solution that is in the best interest of the student.

Key characters include an upset parent, classroom teacher, overburdened AP
Trade-offs to consider:

  • While being pressured by an angry parent, taking the time necessary to collect all the facts, while keeping focused on the student’s best interest
  • Addressing a teacher whose choice to bend a policy jeopardizes a student’s safety, while also not allowing the angry parent to dictate your decision

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