Caring for Gil

Caring for Gil

Gil is in Year 6 and lives with his younger brother and his mother, who has depression. When his mother is unwell, Gil does extra housework and checks on his mother during the night. In class Gil is often tired and distracted, worrying that his mother will harm herself.

The Disability Standards for Education apply to Gil as a carer for a person with disability. Once the teacher is aware of his situation she meets with Gil and his family. They agree to allow Gil to carry his phone, on silent. When the phone vibrates, Gil gives a hand signal to the teacher who allows him to briefly leave the room and call his mother to check she is alright.