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Sandy:  is it possible to ask the school to lessen the workload of a child? Still assigning work but not necessarily weighing the overall grade as much as trying to complete it and weighing it differently than other fellow students more of a grade for participating rather than the actual assignments completed and being required to hand in less than other students?

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Jill G
01/30/2016 11:20 pm

You certainly can ask. Their likelihood to oblige will depend on the circumstances.

What specifically is being reduced and how reduced it is? A reduced workload could be considered an accommodation or a modification, depending on how much is reduced. It would be an accommodation if it did not fundamentally alter the standard that the student is working towards.

Schools can provide an accommodation to any student they feel needs it. When it involves a non-disabled student, you’re most likely to see this through a response to intervention system or differentiated instruction.

Does the student have a disability? Schools must provide accommodations to eligible disabled students whose disability necessitates it.

Have they been found eligible for an IEP? A reduced workload would be a modification if it did fundamentally alter the standard for the student. Generally schools will provide such curriculum modifications to students who are eligible for IEPs.

02/18/2020 7:05 pm
Reply to  Jill G

Jill- I have the same question about workload. My son missed about 26 days last semester and fell behind in most of his classes. He has an IEP for anxiety and high functioning autism, and most of his missed days are due to related health problems. The school is not willing to reduce his overall workload or provide extra assistance to get caught up in classes he has fallen behind. The will only accommodate for writing because that’s where he is behind according to his test scores. Can the school be required to provide additional individualized support (like tutoring) to get him caught up for missed days along with a reduced workload to reduce stress and make the work more doable given how much school he misses?

02/19/2020 1:12 pm
Reply to  Sarah

They could be required by the state education agency, a due process hearing officer, or court. All of these will take time to do, and the last 2 will be expensive. Your state parent training & information center, & disability rights agency can give you information on your options.