IEP in public school~moving to private school

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Registered: 10-08-2004
IEP in public school~moving to private school
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Tue, 06-18-2013 - 3:52pm

Hello ladies,

 

Long time no see  :)  I haven't been here in over a year I know but I've thought of you all often.  Nathaniel is doing great, 6th grade was an awesome year and he is above grade average in everything.  He finished the year with A/B honor roll.

This question is for a friend.  The child just finished kindergarten at a small private school.  Prior to that he was in a local public school for Pre K.  This private school has passed him on to 1st grade and I really don't believe he should have been moved up, he needs to repeat K.  My question is this...if he had an IEP for PreK in the public school what does the private school have to do with that IEP if anything?

 

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Registered: 05-02-2004

So it goes like this, I think:   Services (at least in my state of WA) must be provided by a special ed teacher.   So that is a reading resource teacher to teach reading, speech therapist for speech, etc.   Private schools do not have those and are not obligated to provide services.   What happens in some places is that a person from the school district will go to a private school to provide services, or will allow the kids to come to the public school to get services. 

If the child needs remedial help for reading or math, the private school doesn't have to provide extra help, and them accepting the IEP is up to them.   They don't have to.   They don't have to provide accommidations if they don't want either.  

So, the parents can either make arrangements with the local public school to have the services at the local public school, or, they can take the child to a tutoring place.   Or they can try to work with the child over the summer on their own.

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Registered: 09-12-2003

Its my understanding they don't have to. Some do but it really depends. My youngest will be starting a Catholic school in the fall, we can't send oldest because of IEP, but they do have some kids that get send to public school for certain things. Think if you have an IEP already its easier to push for services but they would be supplied from the public school. Not really sure how it works. When I was looking at the school for my youngest when the question of where my oldest went and why aren't we looking for him was easlier solved with the IEP. "oh we don't offer those services" It was the kindy teacher we met with that told us she has had some kids go out of school for services but no clue how that comes to be.

I look at more pricey private schools and some do offer services but mostly acedemic. So if there was reading issues but my DS has OT, PT too and I'm guess they figure if you can afford $20k a year you can pay out of pocket for those services.

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Registered: 02-24-2010

I believe most private schools do not follow IEP's and do not have special ed teachers.  If you still want your child at a private school he can get services at the public school in addition.  But that means having a bus take the student from private to public school during school hours and then bus them back.  So what are they missing during that time at their private school?  And I don't think they give you a discount in tuition if the student misses half the day being at public school for special ed.  So I don't think most people find this too workable. 

How would you go about it?  The parent needs to call the public school district to tell them about the IEP and meet with them to see how they would be able to provide those services.  His IEP has probably expired, if he got this over a year ago.  So they'd also have to write a new one.

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