So, it’s just after lunch. All the kids are down for their naps, and I am in the little teacher’s room off one of the hallways. It’s very quiet. Tap tap, goes the door. There’s one of my babies, and he sad because he’s peed in his pants.
I get up, and tell him it’s ok, I’ll just go get his teacher (as I don’t know where anything is). I walk downstairs, and look around. There is…no one. So I go back upstairs, through each classroom. No one. There is not an adult in the entire school except for me. As it turns out all the teachers and office staff are about four blocks away, doing some kind of pep rally rehearsal for this Saturday’s Mother’s day event.
Finally, I go into the kitchen, and there’s Auntie, who is 65 years old if she’s a day. She helps the child find his change of clothes and gets him back to bed.
Meanwhile I am raging inwardly: no one told me they were all leaving. I mean, I knew there was a pep rally but it NEVER occurred to me that they would ALL leave, with no one to mind the shop.
This school has approximately 200 students, ranging from 2.5 year olds to elementary kids, and they were all there with NO SUPERVISION for about an hour!
When they all came back I raged on my manager who, although she acknowledged that maybe it wasn’t such a good idea, showed no surprise or shock or shame or anything that it happened.
“You’re right, we probably should have made sure someone was left behind.” Was all she said.
Am I the insane one here??? Please help me understand this situation. I told her what the consequences of this occurence would be back in N. America: police, lawsuits etc. but it just didn’t have any effect.
How do I deal with this? I really like(d) this school before. Now I can hardly look anyone in the eye, I’m so ashamed to be working for such an idiotic place/boss that would let this happen.
Thanks for reading. I just had to get this off my chest.