Walk Only school: WWYD

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Registered: 02-06-2009
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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Registered: 02-06-2009
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: 03-27-2003
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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Registered: 09-13-2008
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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Registered: 02-06-2009
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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Registered: 02-06-2009
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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