Q. My 7 year old is a bright, loving boy who loves to tell stories and play with his siblings. Unfortunately, school is a nightmare. I am always getting calls to come and pick him up early because he can't behave and keeps running out of the classroom. I don't know what else to do. He doesn't have this problem at home, but I am scared of losing my job and I need more help for my son.
A. A school may not continue to ask a parent/guardian to pick up a child from school in lieu of providing appropriate supports. These "pick up calls" should be considered "school removals," the equivalent of an undocumented suspension. Schools also have a "child find" obligation to identify children who may have a learning disability that is interfering with their ability to learn and make progress in school. The law says that a district's "child find obligation" is triggered by one of several red flags, including a child struggling academically or behaviorally. The school should conduct, with the parent's permission, a meeting to review any screens or evaluations that the child may need and any individualized support or instruction the child may need, academically or behaviorally, to make more progress in school. Any child who is struggling like this child is should have a parent-school team meeting to evaluate any special needs the child may have and address those needs immediately.
For more support for parents and guardians of children with special needs, you can contact:
Or the State Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education at 860 713 6910.