Please, tell me what you'd do

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Please, tell me what you'd do
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Sat, 02-25-2012 - 11:12pm

DS is 10 and in 4th grade,

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Wed, 03-14-2012 - 10:54am
Yes, there were issues in the district, to say the least. But every week it was the same, I was supposed to go straight to therapy...and she wasn't there. Older kids, went to therapy on their own, younger kids the therapist was supposed to go an walk to class. So it was never on the teachers to know...the front desk never knew because people don't check in. I think the first replacement notified her superiour, but then that person never told the school that she was going back on medical leave. The school assumed that this person was still coming in the 3 days a week.

The whole thing was symptomatic of the issues that the district had....admin at the main building voting self high salaries then laying off teachers and staff in large numbers the next spring. They had some interesting "mandated" community meetings too....letters sent after the RSVP date, not enough translators at the meeting, other things that really just said that they either had no clue or they didn't want to deal with special needs kids. I think it was both. It was part of the reason I changed my kids to a charter internet school - communication was better!

Where I am now, if the speech therapist is not in, either the district office calls me or the office secretary.
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Sat, 03-03-2012 - 1:35pm
I'm reading this late................ What do you mean about his numbers not putting him on track to achieve his IEP goals? Have numbers gone down? (IEP goals are written down as %s for my daughter). About the lapse of time without a para I certainly would be checking every day if you can to see that things turn around and I think getting the principal on board if s/he isn't already is a good move................. Earlier this year my DD went through some changes with her plan, We requested and got more services for her but that was very slow with some misses every now and then too, But that's not what your situation sounds like and 3 weeks is a long time, I'm sorry you're dealing with that and I hope things improve!

 

 

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Registered: 02-24-2010
Thu, 03-01-2012 - 3:58pm

I would partly blame the school and the principal in your situation too.

“Clearly," said Arthur,"you're an idiot- but you're our kind of idiot. Come on.” 
― Markus ZusakThe Book Thief

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Registered: 05-02-2004
Thu, 03-01-2012 - 1:56pm
Frustrating. Go up the chain of command. I had this happen with a speech therapist. She took a new job, we went in on Friday (preschooler/homeschool) for therapy and she said it was her last day. New therapist would be in Monday. Next Friday I go in, there is a new therapist who can hardly walk or sit, and had no idea that she had homeschoolers and wasn't meeting with kids that week. The next week, she was gone for medical reasons. I showed up, then asked around the school, no one new, the secretary called the main office and they said no, she wouldn't be in. This happened 3 weeks in a row. Friends were saying their kids were going to therapy and sitting in the room and talking until time to go to class. I brought it up to the principal (she was all about testing - didn't want kids missing time from class if they didn't need to.) She was NOT happy. Totally the district's fault for not calling the school to let them know she was not in.

The next week they had someone new. Because we homeschooled, she ended up doing double sessions with us, one at normal time and one after school to help make up for the lost time. I think she felt my son really needed this, but I felt bad for the other kids who didn't have this opportunity. They had cut the hours for the therapist at this school when the old one left, so she was not there enough days to double up regular kids.

I hope you get some help going quickly for your son. And any other kids that this para was working with.
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Tue, 02-28-2012 - 7:53pm
By not meeting the requirements laid out in his IEP they are breaking the law, plain and simple. I would meet w/ the principal even if the PARA comes back soon and talk w/ her about the fact that his IEP was not follow for 3+ weeks. Him not being worked w/ like he should be for that long can really affect his grades and what he is learning in general. If you don't like what the principal has to say then like the OP said, go up the chain of command.

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Registered: 02-24-2010
Mon, 02-27-2012 - 5:49pm

I would request a meeting with the principal.

“Clearly," said Arthur,"you're an idiot- but you're our kind of idiot. Come on.” 
― Markus ZusakThe Book Thief