IEPs: CAN WE USE IEP FOR ONLINE SCHOOL?

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Gael:  My son’s IEP hasn’t been updated in months. He recently finished up his first semester of his sophomore year thru an online school. We can no longer afford the online school but do not want to send him back to public school where they were failing him miserably. We also had a long commute from home to high school. We would like to enroll him in a free online school thru the CA public school system (CAVA) but the county is not “eligible”. What options are available to us? Can we use his IEP to help gain or leverage a way into the free online school or something better than the public school? Thanks for any help or insight!!!

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Hi my daughter is about to have a 504 plan per Dr request. She is currently being tested for an iep. She has failed all her core classes due to a learning disability. She has became majorly depressed and is being treated for the depression. I’m happy ingredients trouble getting her to return to school. If the iep is opened. Will the school be required to do online classes if I request through the iep? I have talked to the BOE and they claim there is no online available and have no clue what I’m talking about.

Your state parent training & information center will be able to assist you, & know how your state deals with online classes. http://www.parentcenterhub.org/find-your-center

Gael –

You can certainly ask for your local district to pay for the virtual school, as a means of providing your son with a ” free appropriate public education” (FAPE). I see online learning routinely included in student’s IEPs.

Like any thing we “ask” of the school, the likelihood of making this happen depends on your ability to advocate for your son and willingness to stick with the “fight.”

From Emotions to Advocacy has some great sample letters and advice that can certainly help you out with this (http://www.wrightslaw.com/store/feta2.sm.store.html).

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