Just to lighten it up, I thought I’d post a funny “apology template” my friend found for me. If you have been a faithful reader, you know about our struggles with Emma’s past school. You can also get a refresher here, here, or here. And maybe here, where it kind of snowballed.
In the (slim) chance that an IEP team member might apologize (because, you know, if they apologize they’re admitting fault- heaven forbid), here is a trusty template that said IEP team member can use for their reference. Terri Mauro wrote some hilarious “all purpose apology templates” and certainly this one fits the bill.
If you find yourself in need of an apology, Terri’s templates offer 3 options for an apology that will:
- is sincere or at least looks that way
- lets you keep a little street cred
- tells the cold hard truth
This reprint was found at Wrights Law blog.
IEP Team Member Apology Template for Not Knowing It All After All
My Personal Apology (Pick one from each group of choices)
I understand that your child has
- triumphed over low expectations.
- performed in a way not supported by the data.
- been successful, though that sort of thing is really in the eye of the beholder, isn’t it?
I am, of course,
- delighted to hear that.
- going to note that in the file.
- exceedingly skeptical.
Your child deserves
- our praise and pride.
- the benefit of the doubt.
- exactly what was found to be appropriate under the circumstances.
If it seems that I have been less than supportive, please realize that
- I have a large caseload.
- I’ve learned not to get my hopes up.
- you are very perceptive.
I will do everything that
- I can
- I’m instructed to by my administrator
- you require me to by court order
to make it up to you and ensure that you are treated with
- respect and collaboration
- carefully vetted civility
- sarcasm you can’t see through quite so easily
in the future. Please be assured that we at this school
- want every child to succeed,
- want to stay out of due process,
- hold you in as much contempt as you hold us,
and accept my sincere apology for ever doubting
- your child’s ability
- your belief in your child’s ability
- your ability to make a fuss.