Help for IEP meeting or suspension re-entry meeting in Missouri public school

Some building principals insist NICHCYphotoWorried the parent travel up to the school for “meeting” before the IEP student is allowed to return to school following a suspension.  In many situations it is not clear if this is a formal district policy that mandates such a meeting nor what the agenda might be.  In my opinion, this is more of a way to torment the parent than to manage an IEP child’s behaviors.

Often parents don’t receive paperwork in a timely manner related to assigned suspensions thus the parent is unaware of the expectations surrounding the process.

Spring is the time of year when many students with disabilities are arbitrarily suspended, sometimes as long as ten days, since some districts believe that is allowable.  Students who have behaviors that may be worthy of suspensions need to have a behavior plan in the IEP document.  Behavior plans usually indicate appropriate management of the student’s behaviors.

Suspensions are serious matters and may be avoided with an appropriate behavior plan(s).

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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 meetings in Missouri: what parents aren’t told

IEP students who have difficulty at public school who are often sent home, sent to in-school suspension (ISS), or out-of-school suspension (OSS) may not be in the right program, yet the public school doesn’t offer a “right” program. This predicament is addressed by Congress when Congress arranged for mediation between parents and schools.rsz_teen-reading

Often the regular IEP team doesn’t or won’t think beyond the routine in their building.  Serious matters require using a different approach to achieve reasonable outcomes for a student and mediation is where this can happen; mediation participants are not the usual IEP meeting attendees.

Schools may lead parents to believe that “due process” is the only option for the parent to pursue; this is usually not true.  A parent is  gracious to the district when participating in mediation rather than pursuing other avenues.

Don’t be bamboozled by the school!  Our advocates are knowledgeable and experienced parents who know civil rights for our children.   Set a phone consult;  theiepcenter.com

Advocates at The IEP Center help parents solve IEP problems by providing information so they can advocate for the child with special needs.  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 the problem.

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Special Education Parent’s Advocacy Link LLC dba The IEP Center™ provides information to parents regarding the problems of children with disabilities.  We are not attorneys and do not give advice.  Consult an attorney.  We do not represent anyone.

We help parents at low-cost.  We help parents prepare for school meetings and also go to mediation and IEP meetings with parents.

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ADHD student IEP goals not helpful Missouri

Student with IEP goals of “turning in work on time” and reduced need for “redirection” has had same goals for years.  The goals have no indication of the baseline for the student, nor what specifics will make his success happen.rsz_parapro2-199x300

The IEP lists some accommodations but lacks the modifications necessary to help this student progress.  Student hates school and often “tunes out”.  Many school districts do not offer extra adult help in classrooms; many paraprofessionals were eliminated a couple of years ago.  Parents can request that paraprofessionals be available and specifically assigned to the student for a certain number of minutes per week.

Public school staff often don’t understand the importance of proactively implementing modifications.  Many students with ADD or ADHD need recesses and time for extra movement; or to do their desk work while standing.  Advocates at TheIEPCenter.com™ help parents solve IEP problems by providing information so they can advocate for the child with special needs. Schools often don’t put plans into place legitimately unless a parent pursues action.  Educational “systems” move slowly.  It’s what a parent doesn’t know that can deprive children of needed services.

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.

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Special Education Parent’s Advocacy Link LLC dba The IEP Center™ provides information to parents regarding the problems of children with disabilities.  We are not attorneys and do not give advice.  Consult an attorney. We are not licensed to practice law in any state. We do not represent anyone.

We are civil rights advocates who help parents at low-cost.  We help parents prepare for school meetings and also go to school meetings with parents.

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