My son has pulmonary hypertension. His cardiologist ordered no physical activity. The doctor said he must be excused from PE because of the strain it puts on his heart.
The principal informed me that my son would have to participate in PE by walking around the gym for the entire duration of class. When I disagreed, the principal accused me of “trying to be argumentative” and refused to speak with me.
Can the school ignore the doctor’s orders? What can I do?
You need to document what happened when you talked with the principal by writing a “Letter to a Stranger.”
Your letter should document:
- your child’s medical history
- what his doctors told you
- what the principal said in the meeting
Ask your cardiologist to write a letter describing:
- your son’s condition
- what he can and cannot do
- the doctor’s position on walking for 30+ minutes.
Attach the doctor’s letter to your letter.
Your Letter as Evidence
Your letter needs to be factual, not emotional. Let the facts tell the story.
Read this article before you start to write: http://www.wrightslaw.com/advoc/articles/Letter_to_Stranger.html
If you don’t “put it in writing” and you have problems with this principal in the future, you have no proof that he took this unreasonable position.
If you DO put it in writing, your letter is the best way to protect your son now and in the future.