The class was an all-day special ed. That is, I had pretty much the same students all day. To give you an idea of their abilities, they are middle-school aged, but the math class assignment was probably 2nd or 3rd grade. They were to complete two worksheets where they had to tell time on analog clocks. And the third worksheet gave them an amount of change, and they had to mark how many quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies were needed to get it.
They needed a lot of help with this.
In 6th period, three of the boys went out to water the garden.
I thought I was fully prepared. Deshawn was the expert and he'd be in charge. Their teacher left the shed key so we'd have access. And I had a basic idea of what needed to happen.
So, we got out there, but the key wouldn't fit in the gate's lock. Oops.
There was a second garden to water. We went over there. Deshawn went to retrieve the hose from the office, but the hose wasn't there.
Deshawn asked one of the ladies in the office. She asked someone else. Eventually, they went in search of the hose in a classroom, but the teacher wasn't there. Then radios and phone calls were involved. The hose was located (in a different classroom), and the boys did the watering.
Then we went back to class.
I told the instructional aide that we couldn't get behind the gate. She was surprised as I should have had a gate key. And that's when it hit me. I did.
The staff restrooms are all locked, so subs get a restroom key along with a classroom key for the day. The restroom key also opens things like gates.
I really should have known that. I really should have.
Well, on the bright side, it took a lot longer to do the watering than expected. The boys got a nice day in the sunshine.