school suspension of special ed student in Missouri

More parents are contacting me for help about out-of-school suspensions for students with behaviors related to the graphicschoolcontentbubbleedgovdisability.  The most frequent disability mentioned is “autism spectrum”.

Many district believe, in error, that these students can be suspended up to ten days on a whim.  Although state regulations allow for such consideration, it is not necessarily compliant with the district’s duty to provide a free education, nor how people with disabilities are to be treated by public entities. Yes, school boards have been known to make policy that is not consistent and state and federal law.

A strong advocate can make a huge difference in the relationship a parent has with a public school district.  Many parents have told me that the school now respects them and no longer manipulates them.  There are several approaches parents can use to take control!

Don’t be bamboozled!  Waiting and hoping for problems to go away allows our children to regress.  Hoping the problem will go away will only delay getting the problem addressed.  Waiting too long to address concerns eliminates opportunities for correction.  Time is your enemy.

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IEP team change of placement “temporary”

The IEP “team” tells a parent that a “temporary” change of placement is homebound with no services for a month.  The parent is told this “temporary” situation is so that everyone can regroup and the student can be allowed time to calm down.  Student had exhibited some inappropriate behaviors at school for several months.  Parent is presented with paperwork to sign.  After all, the parent had been reported for the student’s truancy the year before when the student was aggressive at school and the parent was concerned the school would hotline her again if she didn’t sign the paperwork that the school is now insisting on. Image

A “change of placement” typically  is not a temporary scenario.  In this instance, school staffers were tired of dealing with the student’s behaviors and didn’t utilize available outside resources to rectify the situation.  Sending the student to “homebound” was a quick and easy approach to eliminate the problem.  After all, the parent doesn’t know any better!

The parent is concerned that she would lose employment during the one-month homebound scenario.  Decisions made by schools impact more than just one student.  Sometimes the tipping point to meltdown for a family is just moments away.

Some public schools continue to bamboozle parents because they can and will continue until that one parent takes a stand for their child.

Advocates at The IEP Center provide information to parents so the parent can advocate effectively for their child.  Time is precious for our children.

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