I called the superintendent's office today to make sure Noah would not be counted TRUANT as I am having difficulty in getting anyone to communicate with me what I need to do in order to officially withdrawal him from school. I finally spoke with the woman I left voice mail message with yesterday. She of course immediately put me on hold when she found out WHO I was. I swear I could hear the chattering amongst themselves on my end. haha
Anyway.....she came back and KNEW who I was and why I was calling and when I told her the school had apparently blocked my home number and was not receiving calls from me (as the recording I got told me the party had refused my blocked number...etc.).....she flat out told me the school has no way to block a number so that was a lie!
A LIE?????? Like I have nothing better to do than sit around and make up silly crap like that??? I told her it was not a lie and what the recording said numerous times when I tried to contact the school and she got quiet and said "OH!"
Anyway I do not have to do anything else. They have Noah down as being enrolled in OVA and they will send for records and once that happens he will be officially withdrawn from their school.....but they are aware and know....etc. My social worker from the past has made arrangements to pick up all of Noah's stuff for us so we don't have to do it.
I then decided later this morning to try calling the school to see if my number was accepted and guess what? SINCE talking to the superintendent's office.....yes......my number now goes through and the staff answers the phone.
Incredible. Would anyone want to send their child to a district like that? I don't trust any of them and never would again. Obviously they have something to hide by the way they are acting.
ONE thing I know is this. I have found out it is FEDERAL law that anyone working with an autistic child has received education and training SPECIFIC TO AUTISM.....not just special education or such. SPECIFICALLY autism! MANY who worked with Noah had NO such training or experience. WHEN I asked for credentials about the staff working with Noah to the principal before she blew me off like it was not my right or business to ask and like the staff was more than qualified to work with Noah.....and she would ensure that....and that ANY AUTISM specific education and training was ONLY VOLUNTARY...they were NOT required to make their staff take it!
THAT IS NOT TRUE I have since found out and in fact goes against a FEDERAL LAW. OH I have found out a lot....could probably sue the district for sure for not providing "appropriate" services for Noah because they were not sufficiently trained and educated in autism or his needs.....methods to work with him.....etc.
TO sue however takes a special education attorney....lots of money and then what? If I would win or someone like me would win...you usually only get the district to pay up to provide for services they could not provide. At best they would have to pay out of their pockets for the placement of your choice which provided your child with the best possible scenario. IN MY district however there are minimal choices......and I am not sure they would be required to provide anything if I moved out of the district. I would definitely not want Noah to go back to that school even if the staff became trained and educated now...which is another thing they might try.
DUE process is an option but I am withdrawing Noah and personally just want to run as far away from these crazy inadequate people as possible.
The schools know most parents do not question squat when sending their child to school except us parents of special needs kids. We ask all sorts of questions and make sure the staff is doing their job and they HIGHLY resent us checking up on them. They also know most will not be able to afford an attorney.....and the time and money spent is not something we can afford with our child's futures. So what happens is they make it so difficult they run a parent and child out of their system.....because eventually as in my case with Noah....you no longer want to deal with them and the crap is too deep to move through. It is no longer worth it as it is also not providing any benefits to your child. SO we are pretty much forced to leave and go elsewhere. They just want to see us...the problem ...disappear.
The only thing suing would do is possibly ensure scenarios like this never happen again with another autistic. And even then there are no guarantees.
There is site however to refer to about the autism law. I find it extremely helpful and have used it in the past and even now. It also offers sample letters to pull up and use with schools....etc. GO HERE to check it out:
ABOUT AUTISM LAW