I need help right now! What are some things I can do as a parent?
1. Request a complete copy of your child's educational records. The District has 5 calendar days to provide you with a complete copy.
2. Give the District (via email or writing) 24 hours notice you will be tape recording the IEP meeting
3. Request to receive copies of all draft documents (including a draft IEP) that will be referenced at the upcoming IEP team meeting 24 hours in advance of the IEP meeting.
4, Do not sign the IEP. You can request a copy to take home, review, and see if there areas of the document you would like to change.
5. XYZ happened today at school, what do I do? Document. Write everything in an email or letter and send it to your child's teacher, principle or appropriate district staff member.
6. Give 24 hours notice, in writing, and visit your child's classroom. Sit in the corner and take notes on what you believe is important.
7. I do not want to send my child to school because of reason XYZ. Usually, it is a bad idea not to send your child to school- you as their parent need to make the decision that is best for your child. However, if you do keep your child out of school, notify your child's doctor or pediatrician and request a meeting with school administration for the same day.
8. Make a plan. 1 year, 3 years, 5 years. What would you like to see your child doing in 1 year, 3 years, 5 years? Have your IEP goals mach your long term plans for your child.
9. Breathe, No really, take a few deep breaths. When we are stressed we tend to clench our teeth and take shallow breaths. As a great parent and advocate for your child, you can do this!
10. Laugh at this!