Finishing HS and accomadations to online courses from his Public HS

Melissa - posted on 09/11/2017 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My 17 yo son has had difficulty in school due to bullying and anxiety but has always been able tp push thru. Now this year his last year he is a senior with only 4 cources to complete he cannot physically go into the school. His anxiety has escalated and he has been anorexic so much so I cannot push him to go. He has an IEP and all of his course work in online already the school uses ipads, how do I force the school to allow him to finish the 4 cources he needs to graduate from home ? We live in MA and the Princepal said they have to by law be in the school building to do their work when they use their ipads for all work and curriculim, I feel they are giving me a hard time because my son has always had problems in this school system. What can I do ? Thank you !

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Sarah - posted 6 days ago

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When I have a student that is hospitalized for a long time; but is able to physically and mentally complete their work, it is sent to them to be done wherever they are. Student with eating disorders or substance abuse that go to residential treatment have time allotted for schooling and a tutor is present. If a child has been injured and is at home recovering, we also send the work to the home. I had one child who was in a terrible accident and spent six months at home, but cam back to school at pace with the class. If you have an IEP in place ask to have it amended. Either have the school provide a private room for him to go use the Ipad or have a liaison meet you at the public library. He is protected by the ADA, if he were unable to walk they'd have to accommodate and mental health issues can be just as crippling as physical ones.

Dove - posted on 09/11/2017

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If you can't get satisfactory answers from the principal contact someone in the Department of Education in your state. If it can't happen through his current school perhaps an online program like K12 would be the answer... or he could even just take his GED. I hope he is in regular counseling to help him cope w/ his anxiety and overcome as much as possible.

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Sarah - posted 5 days ago

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I do think you would be right to push the school and bring up the ADA. If he were physically compromised in any way the school would not be hesitating to make accommodations and mental illness is protected by the ADA. An education is your child's civil liberty and the school cannot just say; well if he can't come then he can't graduate.

Lynn - posted 5 days ago

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My son has had a lot of sicknesses over the years and I also heard the same thing. However, I was told last year by the social worker and principal that if there was a "diagnoses" they could work with, then they could legally (state approved) send a teacher at least twice a week. If he's been diagnosed with anxiety, and the school is still telling you he needs to be in school- The school is towing a very thin line creating more anxiety in this case. Again, if you have diagnoses, this is all in your control. Do what you believe is best for your son. That alone will combat anxiety!

Melissa - posted on 09/11/2017

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Thank you, he is going into a partial program tomorrow for his anxiety and panic attacks, I just feel the school owes him the right to complete the 4 cources needed since he has pushed so hard to get thru and a GED dosent seem fair for everything he has been thru with the school. I appreciate your reply so much !

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