Suspended from school- need help with ideas for the meeting

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Registered: 02-06-2009
Suspended from school- need help with ideas for the meeting
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Sat, 11-06-2010 - 3:24pm

My 10 year old was suspended.

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Registered: 02-06-2009

Are the boards less active now since the change?

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Registered: 02-06-2009
No. He was diagnosed last year, but he was homeschooled then We are just now starting to set up services as everyone kept saying he was doing wonderfully. I did invite the autism specialist for the school district to the meeting.
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Registered: 02-06-2009
Thank you for the reply! Sometimes just knowing someone hears me is helpful. :)
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Registered: 01-25-2007

I really feel for you. My ds has never been suspended but we have fought a constant battle in the younger grades because the school and teachers were SO inflexible. They needed to make sure there was a "punishment" to go along with every failing regardless of my son's disability. When he was in K-2 he would argue and have meltdowns with the teachers and they wanted him punished for it. By the time he hit 3rd grade he had gained some bit of self control so instead of arguing and fighting with the teacher he would roll his eyes and say "whatever" and do what they asked but then they wanted to punish him for being disrespectful. They could not see this as a huge improvement in behavior because they weren't comparing him to himself at

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Registered: 09-13-2006

I'm not entirely sure, but I want to say that it's actually a violation of IDEA to punish a kid for something that is because of his disability.

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Registered: 02-28-2008

The two or three times that Graham has been suspended it's either been a very serious offense that they just felt could not go without some sort of action, or it was something that they had to tell the parent of another student what action had been taken.

Andrea, mom to

Graham
Miles
Anson
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Registered: 01-07-2008

Unfortunately, I am pretty sure this is not the last time this will happen. We have had some success with this now we have a proper diagnosis and support from autism-trained specialist outreach workers, but it is still a completely uphill battle to get people to understand what the difference is between ASD-related behaviour and what the school see as 'bad' behaviour that needs a sanction. I can remember sitting there planning with Euan's teachers over a school trip to an outdoor activity centre for a week. We went over and over the different things that Euan couldn't cope with, what might go wrong, etc etc. I *thought* they had listened to me. Oh no. On the penultimate day he got sent home for attacking a teacher. Well, of course, it wasn't 'attacking a teacher', it was a complete meltdown because he'd fallen in the water and got upset and the teacher yelled at him and 'broke the rules', and he had to be sent home because the school had backed themselves into a corner and told everyone that 3 behaviour warnings = being sent home and he'd already had warnings for getting lost and for arguing with a pupil over the fire warning 'rules'. I got into a complete strop over this.

But it was actually a good thing, in the long run, because it did remind people that I was not *making this stuff up* and that Euan genuinely did need help! So if you can bear it, I would try not to see this as a terrible thing, but as an opportunity to point out to the school exactly what kind of help and support your DS needs, and to stand up for him and make sure he gets it. Like another poster said, it's amazing how quickly they back off if you start mentioning accommodations that might be more expensive/difficult, and how they come around when they see evidence of things not working in combination with a parent willing to stand up for their child.

Good luck.

Kirsty, mum to Euan (12, Aspergers Syndrome) Rohan (7, NT) and Maeve (4, NT)

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Registered: 02-06-2009

Thanks so much guys.

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Registered: 03-27-2003
The school can suspend a child with a disability for no more than 10 days. They can only suspend him if they would suspend a typical child in the same situation.

Tom got suspended for hitting a teacher because that is in the school district's policy handbook. You hit a teacher, you get suspended. So he did.

If your school hasn't started the evaluation process this can be a good stepping stone to get that in motion.

For us, the suspension was a huge wake-up call for the school. It finally got them to realize that he had serious issues that they couldn't continue to blow-off.

And ((hugs)) to you because it sucks to have your kid get in trouble for doing things that are wrong but that are probably not 100% his fault.

Heather

                                

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Registered: 02-06-2009
I agree that there need to be consequences but I think they gave too big of one. He had only been in the office once before that for behaviour. They could have had him cool off in the office. Or just sent him home. He could have had an in school suspension that day. He could have been sent home and suspended for that day. Maybe it's just me, but I think it was too big of a punishment. He's not seen as a bad child there.

Here's a link to something interesting, since I did inform the teacher and principal if his disability and how it effects him:

http://idea.ed.gov/explore/view/p/%2Croot%2Cregs%2C300%2CE%2C300%252E534%2C

Sec. 300.534 Protections for children not determined eligible for special education and related services.

(a) General. A child who has not been determined to be eligible for special education and related services under this part and who has engaged in behavior that violated a code of student conduct, may assert any of the protections provided for in this part if the public agency had knowledge (as determined in accordance with paragraph (b) of this section) that the child was a child with a disability before the behavior that precipitated the disciplinary action occurred.

(b) Basis of knowledge. A public agency must be deemed to have knowledge that a child is a child with a disability if before the behavior that precipitated the disciplinary action occurred--

(1) The parent of the child expressed concern in writing to supervisory or administrative personnel of the appropriate educational agency, or a teacher of the child, that the child is in need of special education and related services;

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