Discussion in 'General Education' started by mathmagic, Sep 16, 2018.
Sep 17, 2018
Yes. It's what our 504 documents are called.
OK I have to ask....
If teachers aren't receiving IEPs for days or weeks after school starts, does that mean that no work is being done for weeks?
It probably depends on the child, as many can function well, but just may struggle with concepts that are taught (much like students with IEPs tend to engage incredibly positively with the Week of Inspirational Math activities due to their naturally differentiated nature). That said, outside of situations where it might be impossible (i.e. suddenly transferred student), IEP information really needs to be given to teachers immediately.
We've been in school for 6 weeks, and there are still a lot of students who haven't received services
That's just unacceptable and illegal.
Although we don't start services until like the 3rd week, all teachers get IEPs and "student at a glance" during the first few days and we sign off that we received it.
Sep 18, 2018
We follow the IEP as soon as we get our hands on it. Unfortunately, many of our students have transferred from schools who are slow with record requests, causing a delay of up to two weeks. However, we have other students who walk in with a copy of their most recent IEP, and then we are able to start the accommodations on their first day.
Yeah, illegal. You need to see what is going on. If parents knew this, they might be having a fit.
I was very happy when our district was sued and students were having their needs met day 1. I always think about accommodations and services like this: if we have a student with more visible disabilities, we would never think of not giving them accommodations or services. We wouldn't withhold a braille book, but we might not give a student assistive technology or extra time/support. We wouldn't tell a student they couldn't wear their glasses for two or three weeks which for many could take away their learning during that time. Or tell the student with CP he could use his crutches to manage the stairs starting in week 3.
I know scheduling is a pain, beginning of year testing is needed, etc, but if the general education students are receiving their services (teaching of the standards) so too are the learning disabled and other disabled students required to have their services started at the same time.
This may all mean that the district needs to extend contracts by a few days to help everyone get ready for everything to be set on day one, but it really is unfair to not give students what they need from day one. It sets a bad precedent for them, especially if they know they are supposed to have an accommodation and are told they are to do what the rest of the class does or worse they are reprimanded for their avoidance behaviors or behaviors from their disabilities.
The existing IEP should be followed immediately with services. If a new IEP needs to be written, that needs to be done as soon as possible. It seems lucky that the school hasn't been sued such as a2z.
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