Montessori/Special Ed

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  1. Bumble

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    A friend of mine has a child who bit several children and the teacher. He is in a public pre-k Montessori program that is funded by the head start program. He has an IFSP. His parents were informed that he was no longer welcomed to the school. I am pretty sure that if ANY school that receives any county,state,or federal funds, then they cannot refuse a child based on a manifestation of a disability. She asked me if this was legal, but I teach at a traditional public school, so I told her that it wasn't based on my knowledge.

    So do any of you know if this school can kick a child out legally?

    Thanks!
     
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  3. Yenna

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    What type of disability is this? I would think that you would have to check with the local or state school board.
     
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    I know here in Ohio, that only applies to children aged 5 and up. At that point there are classrooms designed to deal with children who are behaviorally inappropriate.

    Is an IFSP similar to an IEP? Does he have a specific diagnosis? Is he being serviced by preschool services?

    It sounds like he's dangerous to others because of the biting. If he were in my school he'd be removed as well because of biting. There just aren't enough teachers to be able to supervise someone 1:1 because they're biting and unless he's getting the support he needs outside of the space or in the space with an additional person (like someone from preschool services) it would be very very difficult to make sure he didn't bite someone else again.
     
  5. teachersk

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    If the child is biting, the school can put him in a different placement. Maybe you don't have the full picture. A public school (regular ed) classroom is not the place for a child who is hurting others. Typically, if it's a disruptive behavior or something similar, they will bring in behavior specialists, etc. to try to problem shoot. However, if the children are being hurt - they have to do what's safe for everyone (it's also not safe for the biting child to be biting other children - so it's all kids in mind).

    Perhaps another placement would be more appropriate for the child.
     

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