Oh, no! As if this weren't already a challenging start up for
you! If only I lived closer to you, I could come be your right
arm (and you my left foot).
Since you didn't mention one, I'm assuming you don't have an a
para-pro assistant, so the suggestion to have a parent come in
to assist is an excellent one...it would be great if it were
someone whose child was in K last year and knows some of the
routines and procedures and can lend two hands to replace the
one of yours that isn't available. Surely your administrator
can arrange for some extra adult help during the day; don't
hesitate to be the squeaky wheel in this case.
Prioritize and let go of some tasks that don't need doing
right away. Spend a lot of time discussing procedures and role
playing to practice them.
The kids can be helpful with each others needs (shoe tying,
etc.) and as someone suggested, your incapacitation will
elicit all kinds of help from students and build a sense of
I'm very sorry this happened to you. Best of luck!
BTW, How did it happen, Donna?