>Had an IEP meeting for our youngest. He is scheduled to be released from the residential facility next Tuesday. At the meeting, the school gave us our options. 1. Public School – either in our community or a neighboring one.2. another day treatment program that is 50 miles away from our home.We talked it over as a team and agreed to try for the school in another district. With second option being available as a back up if the first failed. Well, the other district isn’t willing to take on our son. So, our district rather than trying to accommodate him, has decided to schedule a visit to the day treatment program. They are willing to pay his travel expenses to go there. Why does nobody want our child? In the last year, we have done everything that the school has asked us to do. We placed him in a residential treatment program in part on the recommendation of the school and the psych team. We have done the med wash, we have joined a state run program that provides mentoring for him. I had to give up my work.Our son has completed his program at the residential facility. His release from there has already been pushed back once at the request of the district because they felt it would be better for him to start at the beginning of the new term. Now he is looking at being delayed again in his release because he doesn’t have a school to go to. At this point, we are just about ready to home school him with an online program. The school will pay me round trip for the drive to take him to school. that is 200 miles a day. Or I can stay in the nearest city during the day, and only log 100 miles. but they won’t pay for an aide in the classroom for our son. Does that make any sense?Earlier this week, we had an IEP meeting for one of our other kids. There was someone at the meeting who we had asked to have excluded from the meeting. She refused to leave. So my wife said, “we aren’t having a meeting then.” Why did we ask her to leave? Because in the past, that individual has been rude to the point of telling my wife to “shut up” during an IEP meeting.Tweet #fighting4answrs
>Had an IEP meeting for our son. Why do we continue to struggle with the school district? This time, we brought the superintendents name into it. I had talked to him late last week about the hesitation that we felt from the principal at the elementary school in accepting our son into the school, as well as including staff in meetings about our son.
It just seems crazy to me that what should be common sense when working with a child, they seem to lack. If a child is in a residential facility for kids with special mental health needs, and the staff there has experience with that child, wouldn’t it be beneficial to hear how those people work with the child to ensure that the child is as successful as he can be? It would seem obvious to me.
So now, we are having a staffing in two weeks for our son, a staffing is a meeting of all of the people who participate in his care, and the school has been invited to participate in that meeting so that they can hear positive things about our son. Even the staff at the residential facility thinks that would be a good idea. We will see if they do actually participate.
I find myself excited at the possibilities for our son if his teacher is the person who participated in the meeting today. She worked with two of our kids previously, and was very good in working with their strengths and weaknesses.
On another note, the plan is to bring our son into a public school in the city for an hour a day to see how he does in that setting. If he is successful, the time will gradually increase. This will be communicated to his parents and the school district so that they can see how he is fairing. A staff member from the residential facility will be touring the school that our son will go to after discharge, this will enable the staff to make recommendations about how they should do things when our son comes back.
Still not happy with the school district, seems to be unnecessary posturing on their part, but time will tell.Tweet #fighting4answrs