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  • Kayos
  • The Legend

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    • March 31, 2016, 07:13:57 pm
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Not the right place for this question Iím sure but I donít think it warrants having its own thread. Is it commonplace to teach camps with a coT? Iíve done the past two alone but was suddenly told by my coT the vice principal has asked her to attend every day. Iím baffled because Iíve already planned everything and usually manage the class in mostly English with Korean when needed so essentially sheíll have nothing to do. She also canít attend partial days during camp bc of a health condition. I really donít understand why they've switched up on me and making her come in all of a sudden :huh:

My guess is she'll just relax in the teacher's office unless the VP is in the school at the same time as well.
Usually a teacher is assigned to camps, but I think it's rare that any actually help run the camp - most usually relax in the teacher's office, and bring snacks at some point for the students.


  • Kyndo
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At the schools I've taught here in Gyeongbuk (since 2011), policy has always been that for extra-curricular classes (like after school classes and camps) it is perfectly fine for the NET to teach class by themselves, as long as there is a teacher or administrator in the building to handle emergencies.

I suspect that different POEs will have different policies to handle the liability aspect of leaving kids with NETs, and that ours requires only the bare minimum.


What the others have said. A school or district requiring a KT to be present during class is due to liability reasons, which always apply during regular classes but for some reason some guys in charge think they can be more lax with this during afterschool or camp classes thanks in part to the vague wording in our contracts. As NETs, we're technically here to assist KTs, not lead, so a KT should always be present. But according to our contracts, NETs can lead non-standard classes. This is often interpreted as "teach alone" by a lot of offices, and they feel they have their liability issues covered as long as there is a KT/nurse present in the school somewhere. This bit has always confused me because I don't really get how liability in this case can be rationalized using wording from our contracts as I feel it's a wholly independent legal issue -- maybe someone can explain it to me -- but that's how it is for now. So what you end up with is NETs often teaching camps alone as most schools rotate KTs and nurses to be present at the school at all times anyway. If it falls on the coT to be available, which it often does, they typically just hang out in the teacher's room until it's time to go.

Some schools or offices decide to take it more seriously, though. It could be that a parent complained for whatever reason, or that someone had a little more foresight in case of an emergency (emergencies are often heavily time dependent, and valuable response time could be lost as a result of a NET's lack in training to respond to such emergencies along with their inability to communicate efficiently in Korean, which could and would reflect very poorly on the school and could honestly land someone in deep trouble). It's possible that there was a scare at another school and now certain people want to play it safe. It could be that some old man in charge just wants someone to keep an eye on the NET. It could even be as petty as someone being pissed off at your coT and wanting to inconvenience her. There are so many reasons, and no way to narrow it down without more info.

Either way, if that's what a higher up wants, and you really can't or don't want to involve your coT, especially if it's because she has medical issues, then maybe just make sure she can at least be off of her feet with back support. I'd source a comfortable office chair and a blanket for her.


  • Billy Herrington
  • Hero of Waygookistan

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    • June 30, 2022, 12:02:07 am
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Just ask them if their refrigerator is running and call it a day.
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That was fun when I was 15  :laugh:


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  • Hero of Waygookistan

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That was fun when I was 15  :laugh:

Think of how funny it would be for the students.
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