8 year-old IEP student: police called to school

Student with IEP who has well-known behavior concerns as documented in the special education paperwork at the school experienced the public school calling the city police to deal with his behaviors.  Behavior experts were not called upon by the school to determine or implement a revised behavior management plan.  The student’s disability is his behaviors which manifest  routinely.

I wonder what this student’s wrap sheet looks like.NICHCYphotoWorried

Seems the educators overlooked in-house approaches to helping this student.

Parents need to be aware of the need to engage school district personnel in advance of a student’s meltdown at the school.  The school can utilize behavior specialists to tailor a program specific to the child so it would be less likely that law enforcement would be called.  Often districts don’t utilize specialists in the community who are behavior specialist.  However, schools are becoming more aware of the advantages of using them.

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Did school IEP meeting plan for fall 2013?

Many schools conduct spring IEP meetings for students.  Usually the people at this meeting are the current staffers who work with the child.  However, in the fall some students will be in a different building or different program.  Was this taken into consideration for your child’s IEP?

Was someone from the future building/program invited to the IEP meeting?  Was opportunity provided for your child to preview the new facility/program? or arrangements made to do so before the start of school in the fall?

Other things to consider:

  • bus scenario different? driver? pick up time? drop-off time?
  • lunch scenario different? menus?
  • different para? 
  • different nurse?
  • rules/expectations in new building different?  does IEP override those?

Advocates at The IEP Center support parents with IEP meetings, and, when issues in IEP meetings become redundant, The IEP Center advocates support parents in mediation, which states offer a free mediator.  The IEPCenter.com