My daughter is in second and missed a lot of school last year because she was sick a lot. She is an excellent reader knows multiplications how to add subtractions and is getting better at regrouping and telling time i feel like it would be a mistake for the school to hold her back but they have made me feel like i dont have a choice in the matter . What should i do?
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Bobbi Jean - posted on 11/24/2012
If your child is reading well at grade level, can do multiplication (which is a third grade skill BTW) and can regroup and carry, she sounds like she is in the middle of the pack for second grade. In Texas, you may have to go to a hearing. However, they cannot legally make her repeat due to well documented health problems. Go in and talk to the counselor. Request a 504 up front and read the article Cherish recommended. Texas districts will assign your daughter a homeschooling teacher if it is deemed needed by your child's health care provider. (Once in a while, I performed home schooling services for students under 504 when I was a teacher. It was all well documented, using the lesson plans made by the child's regular teacher. The student suffered no loss of credit.)
Keep in close communication with the school. Make as much of it as you can in written form (e-mails and such). Avoid accusations and name calling. Keep eveything civil and polite. If you are in a meeting with the teacher and want to tape record the proceedings you can as long as you are above board about it and let the school know ahead of time. (This is the law.) Hidden recordings are illegal. If you are making a tape recording of the proceedings, then go through the drill of stating the time, date, etc. and asking everyone in the room if you have their consent. Then the meeting can proceed. Of course the school may choose to have an administrator present (a good idea in this case) or may refuse to meet at all. In that case e-mail is your friend.
Title 2, Subtitle E, Chapter 26, Sec. 26.004.of the Texas State Education Code states: “A parent is entitled to access to all written records of a school district concerning the parent's child, including:
(1) attendance records;
(2) test scores;
(4) disciplinary records;
(5) counseling records;
(6) psychological records;
(7) applications for admission;
(8) health and immunization information;
(9) teacher and counselor evaluations; and
(10) reports of behavioral patterns.”
If the school refuses to answer your e-mails requesting information or requests for meetings (recorded!) or stages delaying actions within a reasonable length of time (5 business days). Then go to the superintendent's office. Don't worry about being labeled a pest--this is your child we are talking about. If this doesn't work, you need to go higher and consult an attorney. Many have a low or no first time consulting fee and can advise you as to how to proceed.
If you need to know how to document meetings and such with the school, in a non-adversarial manner, (remeber, these documents might go to cuort) please let me know and I will put together something for you. I hope this helps.
Cherish - posted on 08/08/2012
If she has a medical condition you need a 504,they can NOT hold a child back w/special health care needs IF it is not effecting their work.
They can NOT penalize her for missing school if it is part of their medical condition,that is ridiculous.
Call them and tell them you want a 504,if they INSIST on holding her back,tell her you want them to evaluate her for a IEP.
Chances are they will do a 504 and not hold her back
more info on 504 here:
Jill - posted on 08/08/2012
In Texas, "A student in grades 1-8 may not receive credit and may not be promoted if he/she has been in attendance fewer than 90% of the 177 school days."
Your daughter's 32 days puts her at 81%. However, when a child has prolonged illness(es), it can be arranged for them to do their classwork or alternate activities at home, which will count towards attending.
Did you arrange for your child to do her classwork at home? Has your daughter passed the second grade tests? If not, can you prove extenuating circumstances for why you could not do it?
Cindy - posted on 08/06/2012
The principle said she missed to much school by law and they have no choice that a board meets and the y have to hold her back. she missed thirty two days of school and i know that is a lot but i cant help it she was sick. I work with her alot and even though she missed a lot of school i feel like she is very capable of going to third grade and doing well.