Grades

    Re: sped student in gen ed
    Judy2/CA

    I would insist that the principal move my child to another
    kinder class and if he refuses I would remove my child from
    the school. I don't know what other schools are available in
    your area but I would look at private, charter etc. That may
    seem drastic but she is scared, shaking, crying - I can
    imagine how hard it is for you to send her to school every
    day. If you haven't been to the district office that would be
    my next stop after the principal - to speak directly to the
    super! This district sounds like mine - they won't do anything
    unless forced to somehow. My friend had a student much like
    this in her 2nd grade class a couple of years ago. After a
    zillion SST meetings they finally admitted they couldn't do
    anything unless the child hurt another child or an animal(but
    this student has hurt your child). Wishing the best for you
    and your child.

    On 11/16/15, desperate for help wrote:
    > I am a first grade teacher and for years have had mild sped
    > kids in my class and have loved having them included. My
    > oldest daughter started K in another district. Her school
    > has special ed students included all day. I found out this
    > district does not believe in self contained. My daughter is
    > a very quiet, timid girl, gets startled easily and very
    > sensitive to outbursts. One of the sped students has low
    > cognitive function, possibly autistic and is nonverbal in
    > language, does not understand English, screams all day,
    > running around the room , jumping off the tables, when he
    > gets frustrated. He kicks his aide, knocks over chairs,
    > pushes people out of his way.
    >
    > He threw a book which hit my daughter in the back, leaving
    > a bruise. He is overwhelmed. He came from a self contained
    > preschool of 8 kids 3 teachers. This class is 22 kids one
    > teacher and an aide for him. My girl no longer wants to go
    > to school and says this boy scares her. She is always
    > shaking when I pick her up from school. She cries nightly
    > saying she doesn't want to go to school. She is not
    > learning in this environment and doesn't feel safe. I love
    > her teacher and talked to her. She understands but says her
    > hands are tied. She doesn't have control over this boy
    > being in her room and was told he is staying and she and the
    > sped teacher ( who only consults, not direct instruction)
    > need to keep coming up with behavior management. I can tell
    > she is stressed and frustrated.
    >
    > Other parents have complained. So I went to the principal
    > who told me he would have the teacher work on more
    > disability awareness, educating the kids on this child's
    > behavior and he cant help it so we need to be more
    > understanding. Excuse me? This is not an issue of the
    > "typical" students having acceptance; it is an issue of
    > fear. He said the child is "entitled to be in a gen ed class
    > and has rights to the least restrictive environment in his
    > IEP." What about my child's rights to not live in fear of
    > being hit, or watching this child violently hit his teacher?
    > As much as I have compassion for sped students, I am
    > fearful for my own child. Plus this little guy must be so
    > stressed. How is the appropriate for him? Please help.. I
    > am desperate.