So, I've been emailing, calling and otherwise trying to contact various teachers and special needs lead teachers at both of the schools that difficult child could go to -- we were trying to get him transferred because of fears of retribution when he snitched on his drug buddies. No response. Nothing all summer from the special needs dir or the school counselor. I tried again last week. Emailed two days ago. I also emailed the lead math teacher, to tell her that difficult child had serious difficulties with math and that we were going to have to set up something special. Finally, since yesterday was the first day of school, and difficult child went to his normally zoned school, I showed up and started introducing myself to people. Note that this is a HUGE school, with a student body near 2,000. I met the counselor, who told me that we'd meet in a week or two and she'd get together with-the spec needs people but she was set up in a temporary booth in the front hallway, making appts with- students who wanted to meet her. I met the cafeteria supervisors because difficult child had removed the gluten free cake I'd placed in his backpack and had taken the $3 I'd given him *instead* when I had intended it for drinks and fruit. I finally met the principal, who was in the middle of the hallway as lunch got out. As the herd dispersed (it's like being run over by a herd of African wildebeasts) wouldn't you know, difficult child was standing right next to me. "What are YOU doing here?" I could not have found him if I'd sent out a team of detectives but wouldn't you know, the time I don't want him to see me, we literally bump into one another. He disappeared into the crowd, and I chatted with-the principal. I told him that I was meeting staff members and trying to give people a heads-up about my son and was frustrated because no one had followed through in regard to contacting me. He asked how I had tried to contact them and who they were. I showed him my emails, one of which was to the lead math teacher. "She passed away last week. She had a lung transplant and rejected it." OMG. "So, I'll just wait for someone else to contact me," I suggested.