Friday, August 5, 2016
It was the last day of summer school. The entirety of the lesson plan was a "final" (the final three chapter tests), and then they got to watch a video.
The class was four hours. The final took maybe an hour. With a half hour of preliminary stuff, some study time, and correcting the finals after (they swapped papers, and I called out the answers), they had a little over two hours remaining.
They wanted to know if they had to come back after the break.
I can totally see their point. They were done. But, legally, they were in that class, and I was responsible for them for the time until the class dismissed.
I'm not sure how the conversation got around to it, but they found the loophole. No, they couldn't just leave (I would inform the office that they'd cut). I couldn't dismiss them (we were all there until the end of class). But if a parent checked them out...
After we got back from the break, I did a head count. They all returned. Then the phone rang. Could I send a student to the office as she was leaving?
Two minutes later, another call.
By the fifth call, the secretary was very apologetic. She didn't need to be. I knew exactly what happened. They'd called their parents, and someone came to check them out.
Well, they were done...
And it was better for me, as several of my worst cases went home early. Like "Eddie Haskell". It made the rest of the day go so much more calmly.
The rest of them got dismissed at the normal time. 11:45 AM.