Homebound placement not working for IEP student

A school district took months to arrange for “homebound”rsz_wheretonow-201x300 schooling to start.  The district’s given reason to the parent was they couldn’t get an existing staffer to perform the homebound teaching.  Parents was at wit’s end and the situation took it’s toll on the family both financially and emotionally.  Parent waited patiently for the homebound to start happening and before parent realized, months had passed.  Are our kids’ with special needs not a priority?  Perhaps the school could have offered an alternative service in the interim?  Maybe a tutor?  Would you consider this a “forced dropout” situation?

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Summer school is not Extended School Year

Spring IEP meetings often cover programming for a student (who has an IEP) for the summer.  Parents need to understand the difference between “summer school” or “extended school year”.

Typically, summer school is something the district offers to all children in the district, regardless of any disability.  Many times it lasts a few weeks and has enrichment activities,  or often in high school provides credit recovery.

“Extended school year” is specifically for students who have IEPs, and is an opportunity for the student to work on specific goals in the IEP.  The intent is for the student to maintain skill(s) across the summer.  Since this is an IEP team decision, it is individualized for the student and written into the IEP.

When school district folks on the IEP team present a student’s eligibility for ESY, they sometimes mention only “regression” they’ve seen perhaps over winter or spring break.  However, that is not the only criteria for determining ESY eligibility.  http://dese.mo.gov/se/compliance/Q&A/ESY.html

Parents can take an advocate to an IEP meeting.  Avoid being bamboozled.  To get information from a professional special ed advocate, please complete the form:

Special Education Buzz Words Teleseminar / Webinar January 26, 2011


Jan. 26, 2011  webinar by phone, internet  7pm CST
“Buzz Words Parents Need to Know”.  55 mins live.
We’ll cover the words that many don’t realize play a significant role in what services our kids get from the public school   Using these words can save a parent years of struggle…and avoid wondering what just happened in that IEP meeting!
Your specific questions can be submitted during the teleseminar over the phone or on the internet.
You will receive a copy of the presentation shortly after the teleseminar.  Register using a credit card or check thru Paypal.
Register by clicking on the link.  Cost is $19.00.   After you register you will be sent via e-mail insructitons how to access the teleseminar.

Missouri special education due process — avoid it!

Parents who are frustrated by IEP meetings where nothing is accomplished can pursue approaches other than “due process”.  “Due Process” is a lengthy process and is emotionally draining, and often puts a child’s education on hold while “lawyers” wrangle. 

If your child’s needs, which are listed in the IEP, are not being addressed by the public school, then a parent might want to consider filing a “child complaint” with our state dept of Education in Jefferson City.  A “child complaint” is where a parent presents allegations of how the school district is not following the IEP…and the state department of education follow-up by doing some fact-finding then making a decision of whether the district is “in compliance” or not.  

It is important to have accurate record-keeping so that if/when a parent files a “child complaint”, the documents exist to support an allegation.

I am not a lawyer and this is not legal advice***I am not an attorney and am not licensed to practice law in Missouri or any other state.  Nothing in these communications should be considered to be legal advice.    www.theiepcenter.com



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