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  • 1 Brandy 10/23/14 at 9:27 pm

    504 AND AFTER SCHOOL FUNCTIONS

    We have a 504 for a severe peanut allergy that, in part, states our child is covered in before and after school events. We wrote to confirm that she will be safe to attend an after school carnival and we were told that they can’t accommodate her and will be removing that after school hours language from her 504. The carnival is hosted by the PTO and located at the school. Are they able to do that? Is there something that I can show them as it relates to a 504? Everything that I find addresses an I.E.P.

  • 2 Cindi 10/21/14 at 2:55 pm

    SCHOOL RESISTANT TO PARENT INPUT IN IEP

    My son started 6th grade this year. He transferred back to home district after out-of-district application was denied. The IEP team has met 5 times in 5 weeks. I’ve taken responsibility for my son’s education, have become educated about his disabilities (ASD, OHI and S/LI) and how he manifests them, know how to write appropriate PLOPs, short-term objectives, benchmarks and goals. The school is very resistant in putting anything the parents have to say into the IEP. They just want to staple our concerns to the back of the document. School doesn’t want to meet again until we meet with Special Education Director (Meeting is Nov. 5) In the mean time he has had a VICAP from our CSB and received a strong recommendation that he be transferred to City school as County does not provide TDT at the middle school level. FAPE issues come to mind.

  • 3 Heidi 10/21/14 at 11:45 am

    TRANSPORTATION TO PRIVATE PLACEMENT

    My son was just placed on an IEP for emotional disturbance and OHI (he was on an IEP, then 504, now back on an IEP). The team agrees the present general setting is not appropriate. I will be reviewing other BSP placement options. One suggestion made by the special services member (also the county SS executive) was for private placement at a licensed school out of county. Who is responsible for transportation if FAPE is served there when the school refers to that placement?

  • 4 Chuck 10/20/14 at 12:45 pm

    AFTER SCHOOL FUNCTIONS AND THE IEP

    Ann, the school has a responsibility to provide access to extracurricular & nonacademic activities. Go to the Wrightslaw home page & do a search on extracurricular. There are a number of articles on this topic.

  • 5 Lynn 10/18/14 at 9:38 pm

    CHILD WITH 504 NOT MAKING PROGRESS

    My child has gone through the evaluation process due to a diagnosis of Selective Mutism. He also has some difficulties with tactile sensitivity, auditory filtering, Visual/Auditory sensitivities. He was found to not need specially designed instruction. We have a 504 , but feel he hasn’t made meaningful educational progress. We feel that an IEP should be developed. What are your thoughts? Thank You.

  • 6 Ann 10/18/14 at 7:47 am

    AFTER SCHOOL FUNCTIONS AND THE IEP

    I would like to know if the school has a responsibility to uphold the IEP for after school functions. For example, my son is in the school band and the band will be performing at a football game at night. His IEP states that he receives “Paraprofessional support throughout the school day”. Band is part of his school day and the football game is a band function for which he will be graded for.

    Is the school responsible for providing the paraprofessional support after school hours at this school function?

  • 7 Lisa 10/17/14 at 8:39 pm

    TEACHERS’ COMMENTS ABOUT ADHD SON

    I have an ADHD/LD son who is a senior in high school. I have witnessed his self worth being destroyed slowly over the past several years due to his teachers and administrator making comments about his lack of abilities, laziness, etc… To me, this is bullying. How do I protect my child from those who are supposed to be there to help him? What gives them the right to destroy someone’s worth?

  • 8 Nadene 10/16/14 at 11:17 pm

    CHANGING GRADE WITHOUT PARENT CONSENT

    Can a school change a 7th grader to an 8th grader without parental consent, in order to graduate the student a year earlier, due to the student being age appropriate for 8th grade?

  • 9 Kris 10/16/14 at 9:46 pm

    BEHAVIOR INTERVENTION

    My question is similar to Nicole’s on 9/27/14 except that I am a parent of a child in a room with a disruptive and aggressive child. I voiced concerns to the teacher, especially after she hit my child, but she said all they can do is offer my child counseling services to learn to deal with the other child’s outbursts. The school is not even allowed to notify us when our children have been “evacuated” to other rooms when she is upset and all the building’s administration is called to their classroom to intervene. Is there anything that protect my child’s right to an education?

  • 10 JJ 10/15/14 at 1:20 pm

    EARLY RELEASE TRANSPORTATION

    My daughter (Hoh) attends a regional day school 80 miles away. The LEA transports her. Certain days the Day school early releases at 12:45. On those days our child has to wait with Transportation 2 1/2 hours before they will transporter an 1/2 home. ( they transport kids to other schools in that area who have different schedules.) I feel like this is discrimination against my very young daughter. We ask the school for a written policy on this and they gave us a sheet of paper explaining it is a practice not a policy. I’m in search of a law that I could print that might help. Open to suggestions. Thank you.

  • 11 Wrightslaw 10/13/14 at 11:05 am

    HOW SHOULD A CONSULT BE DOCUMENTED ON AN IEP

    Melissa: Use the US DOE Model Form for required documentation of services on the IEP. http://www2.ed.gov/policy/speced/guid/idea/modelform-iep.pdf

    Doesn’t have to be the exact format, but the IEP should include the frequency, duration, location, and projected dates for the service. 34 C.F.R. 300.320(a)(7)

    See p. 246 in your law book, Wrightslaw: Special Education Law or P. 43 in Wrightslaw: All About IEPs for more info.

    Be specific. (Don’t use ranges, use # of times per day/week/month, number of minutes/hrs, etc). As Chuck recommends, be specific about who will provide the service. (Do not use a broad term like “staff”).

  • 12 Chuck 10/10/14 at 4:15 pm

    HOW SHOULD A CONSULT BE DOCUMENTED ON AN IEP

    Typically an IEP just says that OT will be provided through the consultative model. Check with the state & district for their written definition of this term. Ask that the IEP specify that this will be done by a registered OT, & not an OT assistant (COTA) & the amount of time.
    You can request in writing that accommodations be provided & explain the reason that they are still needed. If they are against this, you can request that they be continued for part of the year & then the team can meet to decide if they need to be continued or fazed out. Requesting mediation on this is an option.

  • 13 Isela 10/10/14 at 3:32 pm

    HOW DO We ASK FOR RESIDENTIAL PLACEMENT?

    The therapist has asked that i ask for residential for my daughter through her IEP. We want to know how to ask for residential and what are our rights. If we ask for residential and later decide it’s not for her can we change our minds?

  • 14 Melissa 10/08/14 at 10:38 am

    HOW SHOULD A CONSULT BE DOCUMENTED ON AN IEP & SHOULD ACCOMMODATIONS REMAIN ON IEP EVEN IF GOALS ARE MASTERED

    My child has been receiving OT to support her during the day for dyspraxia and SPD. Last years IEP addressed sensory concerns and she was able to master her sensory goals. I am in agreement that with the supports my daughter has mastered the goals. She receives classroom accommodations such as a slant board and seat wedge pillow to support sensory and fine motor tasks. She also has a sensory diet in place.

    Our yearly PPT and IEP review what 9/30. The OT now wants to move to consult 10hrs a year. I am ok with this. How should it be written? Also, the classroom supports have been removed from the IEP because she no longer has those sensory and motor goals. I want them to remain. Can I insist they be added?

  • 15 Delores 10/07/14 at 8:45 pm

    I’M A THERAPIST. DO I HAVE TO MAKE UP MISSED SERVICES?

    I provide related services to charter schools in Massachusetts. One of my therapist has been told by the special ed. coordinator that she must make up the missed time for a student that the school sent out due to behavioral safety concerns. This student has a behavioral plan written stating he will be sent home for unsafe behaviors. However, my therapist shows up to see him and he’s not there. Now she’s been informed that the services need to be made up. Is that correct?? He’s missed academic days also and those are not being made up.

  • 16 Jeanne 10/07/14 at 1:08 pm

    RESOURCE TEACHER NOT HELPING SON

    I have a 16 yr old son who was diagnosed in 5th grade for several LD’s, dyslexia,processing issues etc. He is not a disciplinary problem but had I not paid to have him tested I’d still be fighting the school. My latest issue is he received a new Resource teacher who told me that I need to get w/his reg.teachers to work out a plan for his retests if he makes below 60 as IEP stipulates. I told her that was not my job, but hers. Was I in the wrong? If he can’t get Res. teacher to help him prepare before tests & just be given piles of paper work each week from her, then this looks like a study hall instead of resource. What exactly is this resource teacher required or suppose to do for my son? How do I get her to do it? Shouldn’t she be working w/his 3 teachers and getting the failed tests from them for him? Help pls

  • 17 michele 10/07/14 at 12:43 pm

    TEACHER EMAILED ME SAYING 504 DOES NOT APPLY

    My dyslexic/dysgraphic daughter has a 504 that says (in part) that there is no counting off for spelling. Her 9th grade English teacher is counting off for anything typed since she can use spell check. Spell check does not catch errors with things like “studied/steadied” or “which/witch/wench” so my daughter lost 20 points on a major essay grade. Daughter talked to teacher who told her 504 does not apply. I sent an email to teacher requesting a meeting & she replied to tell me that she will not be going by the 504 and that the 504 director agreed with her decision. Can they do that? Now what? I am a newbie! Thank you!

  • 18 Jeremy 10/05/14 at 12:25 pm

    DOES AN IEP EXPIRE?

    I understand an IEP ends when a child turns 22 (certain stipulations apply), when a child graduates with a diploma, or if a parent revokes all special education services, but does it expire if not used? I’m currently dealing with a case involving a student who’s parents pulled him from public education 5 years ago and chose to finance his education through a private school. For the current school year the parents have elected to return their child to public education, but the school district is saying, unequivocally, that he is now a regular education student and that any reported concerns must start from the beginning with a student study team meeting, not an IEP meeting to pick up where things left off. District personnel are claiming if an IEP is 3 or more years old then it just expires.

  • 19 janette 10/03/14 at 2:37 pm

    PASS/FAIL GRADES ON PAARC

    If a child *8th grade is in an Inclusion English class can he/she have a pass/fail grade if he/she has to take the mcas/paarc?

  • 20 Genevieve 09/29/14 at 5:08 pm

    WANT TO STOP HAVING PARA

    Please tell me what i need to do to eliminate my sons’s para! He is 17 now, 10th grade, and doesn’t need a para anymore. He is refusing to go to School, because he is embarrassed and it is causing him to have meltdowns. We have had lots of meetings and they all understand my son wants his independence now. He has an IEP, and a BCBA worker. They understand agree, but the school wont. Any advice?? When he has a meltdown, he gets suspended!! He is mildly autistic.