I do the calls for absent students that we have not heard from. My school is smaller - just 221 kids, so we usually range from 10-25 students absent each day. I stress to the parents when I call to please let the school know when their child is going to be absent and sometimes that helps decrease the # of calls I make if parents aren't aware that they have to call. I also have morning duty for 30 mins. 2x/week and have been staying at the end of the day for bus duty with a student who has T1D until her bus comes (this is not required of me but I stay to ensure her number is ins Ange before she gets on the bus). So yes - there are a lot of duties in addition to our regular work....
Way back, I used to do the attendance and tardy passes in the AM at the front desk. Being in a high school, with kids that drive (thru Dunkin Donuts etc) in the AM and are frequently late. OR near a ski area when there is fresh powder, absent on a fresh snow day, I found myself engaging with kids on an unhappy basis (detention etc).
I finally was able to convince the administration that me starting off the day with a negative (from the kids perspective ) interaction...did NOT do me any favors when trying to connect with them on a health issue.
Thankfully now I only call when there is a chronic issue or something else that needs my attention.
I have morning arrival duty, from 8:10-8:30 three days/week. It's challenging, especially when parents try to hand off medication or engage in sensitive conversation at the drop off circle. On the positive side, it does give me a chance to eyeball the entire student body and have a heads up as they arrive.
The school I work has a low enrollment so I do cover for the administrative assistant when she has other duties or is out. I do not mind due to the size of our school. Basically this includes covering phone, letting people in the door and just basic duties. She also covers for me if I am out and will call parents if there is a problem. Everyone at our school is flexible in that way.
Our school has never used nurses for other duties, such as bus duty. The administration is understanding of the fact that the nurse needs to be immediately accessible for anything unexpected that may arise during that time, as well as to attend to any ill students that may be waiting in the office for parent dismissal.
I wish you the best in working with your admin. to find a more manageable solution. It certainly is stressful to begin a year feeling overwhelmed!
Greetings all! Well, I have been asked to perform duties such as calling all absent student homes in the morning and afternoon bus duty. Our student census has increased this year by 30 and there are multiple medically needy students... anyway, I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed and trying to figure out how to get my regular work done in addition to these new activities. Who else has duties or makes calls that the administrative assistant used to do?