Friday, 6 April 2012

Off Topic - Teacher at risk to being sacked simply because of his sleep apnea

A teacher from Manatee County, Florida might be fired from his employment as a junior high school teacher because of his osa, which may be addressed with a sleep apnea machine. Robert Singer has been suspended from his employment and is on administrative leave for the reason that the district accuses him of going to sleep during lessons.

Mr Singer has stated that his sleep apnea is the trigger of him falling asleep during the class and feels that it was caused because he has been caring for his elderly mom and dad. Superintendent Tim McGonegal told FOX 13 news though that Singer was routinely cautioned concerning the problem, and had previously been presented numerous written cautions and suspensions:

“He is actually unable to stay awake at work. He has bouts where he'll fall asleep and his role is in the supervision of students in an ISS classroom.”

There exists video evidence of the school teacher dropping off to sleep in the school room and McGonegal, who has had sleep apnea himself, believes it's definitely misconduct that he may be terminated for.

Singer is based at the Braden River Junior High School in Bradenton but he himself considers that the school board and the district in general need to possess regulations in place relating to osa. He for that reason thinks that the school is being very harsh in trying to fire him. McGonegal however is insistent that since it has been going on for 2 years (since 2010) and nothing is different, the school is permitted to get rid of him because he is not supplying the proper high quality of teaching to his pupils. A sleep apnea machine may have helped resolve Singer’s issue long before the suspension, and it will be fascinating to find out how the district handles Singer.

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