My son is in 6th grade and has ADHD (combined type). He was assigned 1 hour after school detention for not getting his agenda (homework assignment booklet) signed.One of the short term objective/benchmarks in his IEP is to have his agenda signed by all of the teachers and a parent daily. When this goal was added to his IEP, I had no clue that it would be used in this way.
A goal is written into your child’s IEP because the IEP team:
1. knows it is an important skill, and
2. knows the student cannot accomplish the goal without specialized instruction.
Using a homework assignment booklet is a good strategy for children with ADHD. It is a helpful tool for developing organizational skills. When it is written into the IEP as a goal, it is an instructional objective, not a method of discipline.
If the teacher fails to meet the instructional objective, it makes no sense to punish the child. It is the teacher’s failure. She has not taught your child what he needs to be able to do in order the reach the goal.
Ask this question: Are all students in the school required to have an agenda signed, or only special education students?
Is this a written school policy? Have you seen a copy of the policy? Even if it is not written, it appears to be a school wide practice.
You need to request a meeting of the IEP team to review the IEP. Discuss this goal.
- Is it appropriate?
- How is it being implemented?
The intent of the IEP is to design a program of specialized instruction to help your child progress and reach his individualized goals. The team should expect that your child can reasonably achieve his goals with the appropriate instruction, rather than writing into the IEP how he will be “punished” if he does not.
Explain your situation to the school and work with the IEP team to change this practice.
If this doesn’t work, you should contact you local Protection & Advocacy Agency. You can find your local office here: http://www.napas.org/
They may assist you and the parents of the other students if you need to file a civil rights complaint. http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/index.html