The Herdmans – Part 8

The Herdmans – Part 8 They were gone. And to Ontario of all places. About a month later I received a call from from a principal in one of our neighbouring districts. His was a K-5 school and located a thirty minute drive from our location. Your guessed it – they were back; well, in… Continue reading The Herdmans – Part 8

The Herdmans – Part 7

The Herdmans – Part 7 The Herdman’s had settled into the new routine, somewhat. Mom would drive them to school, and every week or two I would provide her with a signed form verifying their attendance. She would, in turn, submit this form to Family and Community Services and then be reimbursed for her mileage.… Continue reading The Herdmans – Part 7

The Herdmans Part 6

The Herdmans  Part 6 Things were going fairly well for the Herdmans, at school anyway. The three boys were having success in their classes and Billy’s behaviour had improved significantly. Their attendance continued to be sporadic and it was all or nothing for them; ie, all three would be at school or neither would be… Continue reading The Herdmans Part 6

The Herdmans Part 5-2

. . . . . . . . . . . . . continued from Feb 19 With my hands above my head, I started to giggle. Billy opened the door again and yelled, “The principal’s laughing at me.” I put my hands down. “Billy, I am not laughing at you, I am laughing at… Continue reading The Herdmans Part 5-2

The Herdmans Part 5-1

The Herdmans Part 5-1 Billy was not having a good start to the day. When he exited the bus it was obvious that he was not in the right frame of mind to go to class. The intervention worker (IW) walked with him to the conference room. She would sit with him and talk and,… Continue reading The Herdmans Part 5-1

The Herdmans Part 4-3

………….. continued She brought him back. At almost the 10 minute mark I could hear the Herdman-mobile approaching. I met Mrs. Herdman and Billy K Herdman in the main foyer. He was wailing loudly and begging his mother not to leave him. She was crying; he was crying; I should have been crying. With tear-soaked… Continue reading The Herdmans Part 4-3

The Herdmans Part 4-2

………….. continued from Dec 30 I climbed back into my car and watched him in the rear-view mirror. As he neared rock-throwing distance I put the car in gear and advanced another 50 metres. I assumed he had been running at full speed at this point but he seemed to pick it up another notch.… Continue reading The Herdmans Part 4-2