Reach for the high apples first. You can get the low ones any time.
School districts must provide reports showing if and how well a student is progressing toward the goals of an IEP. These progress reports are usually sent out quarterly.
Is your child on an IEP? Did you know that the school district could at any time suggest your student should no longer receive special education services? However before the services end, the school district must honor a parent’s request for a complete reevaluation prior to them taking any action to end services. Make sure to put the request in writing.
Did you know that the school district cannot change an IEP without parental consent?
IEP’s are not designed to be permanent. In fact, at least once every three years, the school district is required to reevaluate whether the student remains eligible for special education services.
IEP’s are written for one year only. They set out goals for the child to work towards. Parents are to meet with the school district to review the IEP and set new goals once the old ones are satisfied.
School districts throughout the United States are dealing with two online schooling problems that have them frustrated. The first problem involves students not completing their work. They either don’t take their online assignments seriously, don’t have the one-on-one support at home to help them, or find independent computer lessons distracting. One fix to this problem some schools have been doing is to consider the March – June 2020 semester to be graded as pass/fail only. That way report cards won’t show a major drop in grades from third term to fourth term. What do you think about this solution?
Check back here for the much larger problem that has school systems scrambling for answers.
There is a special part of our brain that is responsible for executive function skills. These skills include our ability to organize, plan ahead, and especially important in this day and age of COVID-19 . . . our ability to sense danger. The problem is that this all takes place in the prefrontal cortex and this area of the brain does not fully develop until we are well into our 20’s.
Therefore children and teens may not sense COVID-19 danger and choose not to social distance. It is up to us as responsible parents to monitor and keep our kids safe. We need to make sure our teens are following social distancing. It is your responsibility as a parent to make sure they follow the rules even when they are out in public places like a field, playground, or hanging out with their friends.
A good beginning is half the task.
Our Y3K Tutor In Your Home tutor has been terrific for my 7th grader with executive function and decoding issues. He met a boy frustrated about school, quickly established a great rapport and turned him into a boy with some confidence that he could meet the demands of 7th grade. It is an ongoing process. Our tutor helps each week with organization of materials and assignments and working on homework where a little more explanation is needed. He has been particularly helpful in helping with writing assignments, getting my son to think through the question, his argument and then really thoroughly explaining and supporting his arguments. Before he was struggling to write 3 paragraphs, and now he is checking to make sure he has articulated every thought clearly. Our tutor’s support each week reinforces the lessons and keeps my son on track and organized. His grades have come up, but most importantly he is confident in himself as a student and is engaging more with teachers during the day.
Bigelow Middle School Parent