IEPs: SCHOOL SAYS AGAINST THE LAW TO WARN ABOUT FIRE DRILL

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Susan:  My daughter wasn’t warned about fire drill though she is supposed to be notified of schedule or routine changes (IEP). Principle is telling me that State Law prohibits them from warning her. He won’t tell me the name/statute, that I can look that up myself. The thing is I can’t find said state law (MI). Instead I’m finding federal law that allows prior warning of emergency drills. What should I do now?

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Jennifer
12/29/2015 7:13 pm

I don’t know what the law says, but unexpected changes are a part of everyday life. Coping strategies for these ‘surprises’ should be taught and should be a goal in your child’s IEP. Sounds like a social story opportunity.

Mari
12/29/2015 7:13 pm

Call his bluff. Tell him you did look and can’t find it so you will call an IEP meeting that will request his presence to discuss this IEP oversight unless he can show you the law. If he thinks he can circumvent an IEP with BS, he needs to learn right now that you aren’t about to play any games with your child’s legal rights. Clearly, a fire drill is a change to the routine. It must be in the IEP for a good reason.

You’ll be doing every child with an IEP at that school a favor.