School Negligence Continues ....

vja4himJune 23, 2010

We are still having problems with my son's school. This is his third week of summer school (only one more week to go). Yesterday he got in trouble. He forgot to take his medication. I was very sick with the stomach flu and was not able to help him get ready for school.

Got a call from one of the many summer school principals (they keep changing every few days). She told me that any more trouble from my son and they will expel him from summer school (they have a no tolerance policy).

I asked the principal to try implementing some of the strategies and accommodations to help my son. She asked me what I wanted to do! I told her to just do what my son's 504 Plan says, and what teachers usually do to help the kids. She was not even aware that my son has a 504 Plan!

I told her that I have contacted all of my son's teachers (including his three summer school teachers) several principals and several administrators, and reminded them that my son has a 504 Plan. I had a good talk with one of my son's summer school teachers (1st period). His 2nd period teacher contacted me the second week. They both acknowledged that my son has a 504 Plan and they will implement the strategies and accommodations to help my son. Still have not heard back from the 3rd period summer school teacher ....

Even though I communicate with the teachers and other staff about my son's serious medical problems (ADHD, hypoglycemia, serious emotional trauma, and other medical issues), it seems as if the teachers basically just do whatever they want, like ignore my son's special needs, and ignore my son's 504 Plans, and ignore their duty as a public school teacher to help my son!

I filed another complaint with the California Department of Education. Today I am expecting a call from the Learning Director (another one of the summer school principals). I really believe that this school district is negligent, and not taking my son's condition seriously.

One of my son's summer school teachers would not allow him to use the bathroom. She has a very long list, and my son was on the bottom of the list. My son told the teacher that his 504 Plan allows him to use the bathroom when he needs to, but she insisted that he must wait!

Supervision at this school seems to be very shoddy, and not fair. My son is frequently harassed by other students. When my son reports the problems, he gets into trouble.

There is also a serious lack of communication between the various staff members. This is all very frustrating ....

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Thanks for the link to the online schooling. I just might consider having my son go online for high school .... Will have to wait and see how things go ... If we get an IEP and the school decides to cooperate, perhaps my son can stay in the public school.

I'm going to be rocking the boat and stepping on lots of toes this new school year ....

    Bookmark   July 2, 2010 at 5:48PM
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Contact the Supertendent of the school district NOW, must be some serious problems due to the fact of changing prinipals too much. If they are not following the 504 plan and if it is a federal plan they can and will loose federal funding. Find out who the board members are and contact them also.
Good luck

    Bookmark   July 23, 2010 at 4:52PM
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