We’re not really talking about apples. We’re talking about how some schools use paraprofessionals in the classroom. In the example below, using simple logic, you can see how many paras will be required.
Here’s the question.
I have 2 students in the same classroom and both of their IEP’s say that they should have a full time one-on-one para. Is it legal to put one para in the class to serve both students at the same time?
Sue Whitney says the answer is simple logic. If each child is entitled to a complete apple, you need two apples.
One para cannot…… do two full time jobs at the same time. Her time card is not going to show 13 hours of work in a 6.5 hour day.
And I bet neither IEP says the child “should” have a full time one-on-one para.
It is more likely that the wording says the school district proposed providing it because the IEP team decided it was necessary in order to provide FAPE for that child. If that is the case, then it does not look like either IEP is being followed.
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