Walk Only school: WWYD

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Walk Only school: WWYD
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Fri, 06-04-2010 - 6:11pm

Recap: we've been hs'ing DS9 for 2 years now. We moved and are signing him up for public school for next year, hoping for the best.

I just found out it's a walk only school!!! We're 1 mile walk from it. We only have one car and if I didn't have other children I'd just walk him. But I can't.

On the times he had to walk on his own 0.2 miles a couple years ago, he would get kicked, bullied, etc. on the way home. Plus that was only a couple blocks away and I could see most of the walk.

Now we're ONE MILE away. Should I just let him go? He has no sense of time and is easily lost... plus unsupervised for that amount of time? I already called the school to see and they said it's walk only and if he was in any other school they would have him walk too since it's only one mile.

What do you guys think? Am I being over protective?

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Mon, 06-07-2010 - 4:19pm
I left a message with the Developmental Pediatrician who DX'd him last year. His nurse called back and told me to fight it, pretty much like you guys said. Nice to know I'm not alone in my thinking. :) When I got off the phone, there was a message from the secretary from the new school telling me that the principal wants us to come in and register him asap. I'll go this week, but I just want to be fully informed first. :)
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Mon, 06-07-2010 - 12:59am

He does not have an IEP.

I wonder how to prove he needs it though. I can call the Dr. who dx'd him last year. Too bad it's not as simple as having a dx = transportation.

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Sun, 06-06-2010 - 10:38pm
Children with special needs are allowed to use the school bus wherever you live. I would not send him off on his own if you don't think he can handle it. Using the bus will need to be added to his IEP.
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Sun, 06-06-2010 - 9:30pm

I would call the district special ed office rather than just rely on what the principal says.

                                

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Sat, 06-05-2010 - 4:14pm

I would rather he walk than take a city bus LOL!!!

Nice to know that other schools do that even up to 2 miles. Maybe I have no choice. He could have a little map in his backpack just in case? And make sure he can't talk to ANYBODY. Run if he has to. I don't know. Ridiculous, at least to me, I mean, what if he was 5?

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Registered: 04-11-2010
Sat, 06-05-2010 - 12:30pm

My dd's school is supposed to be walk only also. All children that go to that school because of boundaries are within the 2 mile area. That said, there are a couple of buses that come to her school. I believe they transport special needs and her school is also where all the ELL (English Language Learners) students go so they get bused from all over town. There is one boy in my dd's kindergarten class that rides the city bus. I'm not sure if that would be an option for you, but thought I'd throw it out there as something to check into. In our city students can ride the city bus for free.

Are there any activities going on this summer that may give you an opportunity to meet other parents in your area for possible car pooling?

I hope you get it all figured out.

Tami

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Sat, 06-05-2010 - 11:32am

He does not have an IEP. He might later on, I really don't know.

I don't know anyone at all in the neighbourhood. The streets are all curved, so I can only see just a few houses, and there are no children there, just older people, which is another reason we want to send him to school this year. So no carpooling, but I LOVE that idea!

He has to turn quite a few times to get to school, which is another reason I'm a little worried! Him and I BOTH got lost on the way home, lol. My husband says it should be fine, but arg, I just wish I could just make them pick him up!!

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Sat, 06-05-2010 - 10:32am

Does he have an IEP? If he does then transportation can be written into it.


I would be extremely uncomfortable letting a typical child walk alone to school these days.

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Sat, 06-05-2010 - 8:35am

are there any other children in your neighborhood attending the same school ?

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Sat, 06-05-2010 - 2:09am

I searched that site before, but great idea to search again! There aren't any offenders on his route, but my gosh there are a lot within a half mile, including a whole house of them a few blocks away! The walk to school has no stores, has side walks, but he does have to cross the street a lot. The streets aren't busy though.

I can't find anything horrible on the route. I still don't feel comfortable.

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