“Wait and See” can be costly for children who struggle in public school, especially in the primary grades. Parents report to us that a kindergarten teacher indicated concerns and told the parent to watch the student during first grade. During the child’s first grade year, the first grade teacher said the child would probably need to be tested and suggested the parent go get “medical” testing done. Now, the student is in second grade and the parent has completed the “medical” tests yet the school district does not initiate any testing of the student although the student struggles and has handwriting that is illegible.
See how our kids can slip through the cracks? It’s important that parents know how to work the “system” so that the years don’t slip by. Parents need to be proactive when the child has special needs. The “system” works slowly so a parent needs to be one step ahead.
A parent told me in her school district there would be only one IEP meeting per year. Since it was held in the fall she was concerned about planning for the next school year and felt she needed an IEP review meeting now (spring).
School districts may lead parents to believe that only one IEP meeting will be held each year; it is the school’s duty to conduct at least one a year. Parents can request an “IEP Review” meeting any time during the school year. After all, circumstances change, kids grow and change. Kids have health issues that affect schooling and performance.
“Administrative convenience” is what was happening in a district that allowed a parent to continue to believe only one IEP meeting was allowed. What other misleadings are taking place? These lean toward civil rights’ issues.
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