So for the last 3 years I've taught at a school for teens with serious mental health and behavioral issues. Due to bad management and the extremely stressful/traumatic work environment, I'm one of the few staff who've stuck around (our average length of employment is 3-6 months). I've always done an excellent job of managing an extremely difficult class, and my classroom has consistently had the lowest number of physical interventions (having to hold students down to prevent them from harming themselves or others) for the last 2.5 years. I've worked super hard and managed to bring my students' academic performances from a 1st-4th grade level up to a 10th-12th grade level where they belong. I'm not trying to make myself sound amazing, but I certainly do my job and try to go above and beyond whenever possible to help my students. During my entire employment, I followed all the rules and was never given a verbal warning for violating any kind of policy, let alone being written up until I got pregnant.
During my 1st tri, I had horrible morning sickness which caused me to leave my house late about once a week. I ended up arriving at work about 5 minutes after my students arrived in class for the day. Because my students can NOT be unsupervised, my tardiness caused staffing and safety issues. I was verbally warned once and then given a written warning, for which I took full responsibility and told my boss that I would not let it happen again. He let me know that the expectation of teachers is to arrive at school BEFORE the students (who get in at 8:30).
Since being written up, I've gotten up an hour earlier and I've made sure that I get to work between 8 and 8:10 just to be absolutely positive that I arrive before my students, and I hadn't received any more warnings from my boss... until I told him my plans regarding maternity leave. I let him know that if I did return after my leave, it would only be for 2-3 months in order to get the baby on my DH's health plan. I wanted to be honest with him so that he would have ample time to find a replacement for me, but now I think I made a huge mistake!
Since the day I shared my plans with him, he has attempted to give me a "final written warning" for something each day (our policy is 2 write ups and then you're fired). I don't know if he's vengeful or just trying to save the organization some money, but I'm pretty positive he's determined to fire me. The first day, I was using vacation and not scheduled to work, but came in around 8:30 just to drop off some Halloween goodies for my class. The next work day, he met with me and attempted to write me up for coming in at 8:30 the day before. When I explained to him that I was not scheduled to work and produced my time card, he dismissed the write up. The next day, he again attempted to write me up because he claimed that the day before, he didn't see me in my classroom until 8:20. At first, I told him that I'd actually arrived at 8, but reminded him that he'd told me to arrive before my students, so even at 8:20 I would've been fine. He let me know that I should always be at work at 8am in order to prepare for the day (this was confusing, because when I do arrive at 8, I'm usually the only teacher present in the entire school until about 8:15). I also pointed out that I had seen him at 8am and brought up a conversation we'd had. He insisted this conversation took place in the afternoon until I reminded him that a third person had joined us and that they could verify that my boss and I were together at 8am. When I brought this up, he again dismissed the write up. The very next day, he again wrote me up for walking in to my classroom at 8:10 a.m. I explained to him that I'd actually arrived a bit before 8, but had stopped in the teacher mail room for a few minutes and that I had also stopped in the restroom. He told me that it didn't matter when I entered the building, it was a "safety and supervision" issue for me to not be IN MY CLASSROOM at 8 am in order to get my lessons/materials ready for the day. I then produced for him my lessons, which are planned weeks ahead of time and proved that my materials are always out and ready for at least a few days in case I get sick. After this, he stated that even though I was in the building at 8 and my lessons were prepared, it was still a safety issue that I wasn't in my room and that I need to be in class - without leaving the room- from 8 am until my students arrive in order to -get ready for this one- check my voicemail! Yes, he was now seriously writing me up because I wasn't sitting in my room for 30 minutes checking VOICEMAIL!! Now I'm the type of person who will take responsibility when I make a mistake, but this was just getting ridiculous and nitpicky. I asked to have someone from HR present for this meeting, but they had all gone home for the day. Instead, he brought in a co worker from another department who is at the same level as I am on the chain of command, but doesn't even work in education. When I refused to sign the write up, he and this random coworker both informed me that I would be taken off the schedule and this was grounds for termination of my position, so after a lot of arguing I just signed it to get out of there.
Because our maternity leave policy SUCKS (not only are new mommies unpaid, but we have to pay THEM 75 bucks per week to keep health insurance, and who doesn't need health insurance when they're ABOUT TO GIVE BIRTH??!) I am trying to work up until the day I have my baby. I'm at 38 weeks now, and terrified that any wrong move I make will get me fired, resulting in me losing insurance coverage and having huge hospital bills to pay. So now I get to work at 7:45 and sit in my classroom for 45 minutes, afraid to even walk to the water cooler or the restroom out of fear that I'll get fired. I continue to be the only teacher present in the building before 8:15, and from those I've spoken with, the only one who's even been talked to for arriving after 8.
I feel so overwhelmed and powerless about this that I'm not even sure where to start. What the heck should I do?