Hello. This is (fill in name), the social worker from (fill in name of school that their child attends). I'm calling because (fill in children's names) teachers each raised a concern about (again fill in children's names). Please give me a call. Thank you.
Be sure to make the message as cryptic as possible without giving any clue as to what said "concern" might be. Believe me, I speak from personal experience, this will leave the parent in an utterly complete state of panic and worry until they are able to find out what is going on.
Yep, that "utterly complete state of panic and worry" is what Rich and I were experiencing for a few hours last night. The phone rang during supper, but we ignored it because we tend to treat supper as sacred family time. But afterward, when we checked the message, that is what we heard. Of course, we immediately called her back, and of course, she had left for the day. As I'm sure you could imagine, every scary scenario possible was running through our minds. Looking back, I guess we shouldn't have been so upset, for if it had been some sort of real emergency or major problem, the social worker (which I didn't even know the school had up until this point) surely would have called earlier in the day.
Anyway, I immediately sent each of the boys' teachers an e-mail. I didn't really expect that either of them would check their work e-mail until this morning, but I figured it couldn't hurt to try. And I'm glad I did, because I got a call from Max's teacher two hours later. I could just tell how horrible she felt when I told her about the message we got. She couldn't believe that the social worker didn't just tell us what it was about instead of leaving us that extremely vague message.
So, what was it all about? She wanted to tell us that the boys were shy!!! Gee, ya think? We've only had that one figured out for several years now.
O.K., she also wanted to tell us about this program they have that is just for kids who are shy and have trouble speaking up, and offer this program to the boys if we agreed. So, while in the end, all was well, I think in the process she managed to take a few years off our lives.
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