So it’s been settled. We have a summer plan in place for Jay.
There were 2 realistic options. The same program he did last year which was basically a continuation of his regular school day, just without his teacher that he loves; breakfast and lunch, school work, recess, speech and occupational therapy and nap time; the works.
Option 2 is a new state sponsored program that is all recreational. No academics and no formal therapy. There will be groups of 10 kids to 4 teachers (2 teachers and 2 SpEd aides). From Monday to Friday, 9 am to 3 pm, they will play games and go on field trips and work on art and craft projects. The focus will be on fun and fitness and socialization.
We chose option 2.
Starting next week the bus will pick my son up and off he’ll go on this new adventure.
I’m trusting new people with my baby. Trusting that they will be nice to him even when he makes it difficult and trusting that they will keep a close eye on him especially when they go on field trips and trusting that they will maintain open and frequent and honest communication with me and trusting that they will foster the kind of environment where all the children have a great time AND learn some valuable intangible skills.
Since that day I wrote about losing Jay at the store, we’ve lost him one more time. This time we were outside and he was found standing next to a body of water.
A while back, I did what I had said I was going to do and I have been in touch with our County Police and I have an insider who confirmed that the cops did what they were supposed to do as far as inputting ours and Jay’s info into their “there’s a special needs kid living in our neighbourhood and his parents would like us to be aware of him in case anything bad happens” system.
I also got Jay a Medical ID bracelet in case he wanders off and someone who is not looking for innocent children to harm, finds him and needs to call us.
The whole thing is frightening but we can’t keep him in our sights at all times. We can take reasonable precautions and put safety plans in place but ultimately, we have to put our faith in the people responsible for him when we are not there and hope for the best.
In other news – Jay has mastered the fine motor art of pointing and clicking so the new fight in our home – especially on rainy days of which there have been plenty this June – is who gets to play games on the laptop. Never mind that in addition to the laptop we have 3 tablets and a Leap Pad. *sigh*
With a little luck and a lot of sunny days spent at the pool (mine and the kids fave place), we will get through this summer with nothing other than happy memories and tan lines.
P.S. I’m feeling much more chipper today than I was yesterday. Thanks to all of you for not making me feel like a jerk.