Last year's post rings true today: Year's End.
However, for those of you who celebrate the holiday,
I just re-read the rephrasing on the accommodations. I've got a fundamental problem, and I don't know that it's limited to Special Education. Here's the thing: The phrasing on the first accommodation, which is still a condition, by the way, doesn't allow [my son] to have an extension if the group needs the assignment/activity. However, students in the STEM program who don't have an IEP frequently come to class without their work completed, even when it's group work, thus impacting [my son] and their other teammates. Now, perhaps those students take a hit on their grades, but I don't know about that, and I've seen repeatedly over the past couple of years that if students can't get it done, they come to class, say they couldn't get it done, and the whole assignment gets a pushed-back due date! It seems to me that this phrasing makes it forbidden for [my son] but allows others to do so with impunity. (It's now also a broad condition that impacts [my son] in Social Studies and Language Arts.)I don't know what will come of it, but I surely want it in writing. I've been treated to inaction, lies, and threats in the past; I can't afford to let it continue if there's any question about the legality.
In addition to the above "fairness" issue, I've got a legal question. While I agree that [my son] needs to do the work in a timely fashion, the phrasing is still a condition, and I'm asking you to verify that it isn't illegal to have such a phrasing on an IEP. I'm asking the same for the much-watered-down-but-still-a-condition phrasing of the second accommodation.
I'm really sorry that I didn't catch why I was so uncomfortable with these phrasings before I said that they were okay. When I read them the first time, they made a certain kind of sense, and I also didn't process that these are still conditions. The phrasings are okay if they're legal, but they make me uneasy.
Therefore, I need something in writing from the Department of Special Education saying that they have been checked out, and by whom, and that they are legal. Please advise me if stating this request in this manner is or isn't enough to make that happen.
Again, I'm sorry I wasn't able to figure out what was bothering me earlier.
I need to apologize for the tone of my "Day __ Pack-up" messages. My intent was to log what did/didn't happen with packing up; I regret that the manner of logging that information may have caused a rift in the team. While my sense of urgency hasn't declined, I'll try to replenish my stock of patience as we work to address [my son's] needs.Who knows if that was enough to mend the relationship on their end. I know that tomorrow will be the 71st day of this school year and we're still "working on" the procedure -- a procedure that, by law, is supposed to be in place by the start of the school year. So really, who owes whom an apology?