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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Student in IEP meeting? Missouri Kansas

Often meetings at the school to develop educational plans for special needs’ students involve discussions that may be hurtful for the child.   Not knowing that this may occur, a student in the meeting can make for an awkward position for the child.rsz_meeting7

Students who do not have the capacity to advocate for themselves may feel emotionally beaten. Other students may not understand the power dynamic in these meetings and withdraw. The adults in the room may use the opportunity to “motivate” the child to “work harder” or “apply yourself”.  Examine the motivation of a school that insists a student be present in multiple school meetings; if it’s just a control or power issue, it’s okay to say that the student wasn’t invited. There are a few exceptions to when a student must be present (planning for life after high school (aka “transition”), if the student is already age 18, etc.

It is a risky scenario to have a child in IEP or 504 meetings. Advocates at The IEP Center™ know strategies parents can use to avoid these scenarios. Contact us for more information.

In lieu of the student present in the school meeting, a parent could observe the classroom prior to the meeting.AngelsenseRunnerJPEG

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 getting the problem addressed.the-iep-center (800x640)

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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.  We do not represent parents or children.  Consult an attorney.

We help parents at low-cost.  We help parents prepare for school meetings and also go to mediation and IEP meetings with parents.  Go to our website to set a telephone consult.

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