HELP! CCAS/and being suspended at school

Pam - posted on 01/21/2014 ( 5 moms have responded )

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HELP!! I have a 15 year old daughter who experiences TERRIBLE migraines, she has doctors notes from family doctors and specialists! she misses alot of school, the school now has called CCAS on me and had a meeting with the principal and they want to suspend her!!! I have medical back up! she is NOT skipping school! she just cant go to school all the time.. teachers are not helping my daughter nor is the school! what can i do!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 01/21/2014

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Any time a child has a medical condition that may affect attendance at school, the school needs to be brought into a partnership with the parents to provide an IEP (individualized education plan) for the student.

The members of this team should be the school counselor, principal, student, parent(s), and medical representative. With the IEP paperwork in place, both school and student have a "mediation" of sorts concerning arrangements for missed days, assignments, etc.

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♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 01/21/2014

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Wow, CHILL out, Pam!

Been around this block a few darn times, and done the HS thing to death! Yes, things are probably a bit different between Canada, and the US, but the entire reason I pulled medical professionals into the IEP planning process was because in our district, only 3 medically proven absences are allowed in a semester. So, if I'd tried to keep my son home out of medical necessity, and provided a doctors note, I'd have been OK 3 times. After that, CPS would have been called, and a truancy officer assigned to investigate.

I wouldn't have even been allowed to get to the point of 20 absences with notes, because they'd have called after 5, and considered him unexcused for the last 2 of those 5.

And, to be quite brutally honest, I've been on both sides. I have worked for 10 years in the school system, and 6 years after that for a University, and still ongoing there. The system has steps in place for you to follow for a reason. If every teacher accommodated every student (medically necessary or not), then the teachers would spend more time on accommodations for those asking than they would be able to spend on teaching their mainstream students. This is the reason for requiring more documentation (and possibly the involvement of the child's physician), and a more "set" plan.

You would not believe the number of people who thought my son was being "favored", when, in fact, his accommodations actually determined whether or not he would be able to graduate on time. By having the documentation in place, and a team put together, I was able to illustrate that my son was NOT getting any special treatment, and was, in fact, putting in more effort to graduate than most of those actually attending classes.

Pam - posted on 01/21/2014

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they never requested it and no she is not in a private school its a catholic school, and im not expecting them to bend over backwards either, ive gone to the school board, mpp, and now taking legal action, and speaking with the educational minister.. im just saying i dont think that this should have gotten so out of hand! and to call children s aid because she is missing school due to medical reasons or being suspended over it!! i have provided the school with over 20 doctors notes that should be enough! not sure where you are shawn im up in toronto, ontario maybe things are different where you are not sure... this is exhausting and ridiculous in my opinion! schools are suppose to help children learn! she was getting extra help and succeeding now that that has been refused ( and the teachers want to help but the principal wont allow it ) she is now failing. its like they want to her not to succeed

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 01/21/2014

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Then you need to advance your complaint to the next in line.

However, if you are not willing to have a physician sit in on her IEP meeting, you cannot expect the school to bend over backwards for you, either. AND, if you are at a private school, the regulations may differ, and you may not have an option.

But, seriously, by experience, I can tell you that having her physician (or a physician's representative) present will help move the issue forward. My son had a very sensitive personal medical problem a few years back, and we had absolutely no problem getting his IEP in place and followed. This happened in part because we included his physician on his IEP team. And, your concern about "privacy between the doctor and your daughter" is negated by the fact that you are trying to use a medical condition as a reason that your daughter is not attending school. The privacy thing is already gone, they know your daughter has a medical problem. Bring the physician into the school team. You'll be amazed at the results, I think.

Pam - posted on 01/21/2014

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We had a meeting but with no doctors ( i dont think that is necessary) also that would be a privacy thing with the doctor and my daughter! they want to put her in an alternative school! which is over an hour away by bus and its not a catholilc school, its a public school. If she cant attend a school that is only 30 minutes away, how is she going to be able to go to a school that is over an hour away! makes no sense. the school has a target on my daughter she is getting bugged about everything! she is being denied extra help! principal will not allow it! everytime she asks for extra work or help they wont give it to her!

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