Truant officer called on IEP student

I’ve received multiple calls recently from parents who were visited by the truancy officer of the local police department.  The student’s involved have IEPs and the schools recognized their behavior problems in the school paperwork.  Some of these students gradually became so frustrated by the school that they refused to attend. These students’ frequently see their doctors and the doctors were aware of the struggles at the school.  Here, again, the school could have consulted with behavior analysts to determine the techniques that could be utilized to provide an appropriate educational experience.

Parents need to keep other service providers, like a doctor or case manager, informed so that the parent is less suspect in being  determined to be placing their child at risk of truancy.

Parents can also inform the IEP team of the need for accommodations to insure the student continues to be offered an equal opportunity.

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