Kicked out of Catholic School

Helen - posted on 03/28/2016 ( 9 moms have responded )

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My son is 4 years old and just got kicked out of catholic preschool. He did not pass the screening test. My son can climb a tree, ride a bike, write his letters correctly and cut in a straight line. However the school kept insisting he needed occupational therapy. I refused. Now they are saying if he had done occupational therapy he would have passed the screening test. Now I am scabbling around looking for another preschool and having to sheepishly explain why my son got kicked out of Catholic school.

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Sarah - posted on 03/28/2016

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First, if he needed services you can get them for free thru the public school EVEN if he attends Catholic School. The public school Dept of Special Ed, will perform a parent requested evaluation at no cost. This eval will include everything from hearing to fine motor skills. If he has a 20% deficit any any area, services will be implemented by the public school. You could still have him attend Catholic school and transport him during the day for services, or have them schedules after school. You do not have to pay out of pocket. I have four kids, all educated thru the Catholic school system and I am a school nurse for our local public school district. I see kids all of the time that are in need of services come from the private and parochial school. That type of setting is just not funded or large enough to provide services. If you want to keep him in Catholic school, (which given the lack of knowledge they demonstrate, you may decide to move) have the eval done thru the public school and request the school respect those results. The whole "friend of the director" is a gross conflict of interest, and I'd report it to the deanery or the diocese.
What exactly can he not do? At 4, he sounds on target to me.

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Sarah - posted on 03/30/2016

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Helen SN means special needs; if your son was identified as need therapy he would be classified as a SN student. Something here is way off base; the Catholic school should have referred your child to the evaluation system in place in the local public school. Not had a friend of the director perform a skills test and then charge you for treatment. Confront the director, ask why your child was not referred to the Dept of Special Ed for evaluation? This system is in place for a reason. It is a federal mandate and no school can just opt out.

Helen - posted on 03/29/2016

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What does SN mean?

Secondly my son is not disruptive and is quite bright. I believe it is a money making scheme and I did not go along with it. Yes this is a Catholic School. Whartever happened to "love thy neighbor. "

Sarah - posted on 03/29/2016

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Helen, they are not following the rules for kids with SN in the Catholic community. If you want for information i can provide it, but simply them saying you must get OT is not reason to kick your child out. there is something else going on, either a money making scheme or they wanted your kid out for another reason. Unless completely disruptive or holding the whole group back, to ask a pre-k students to leave is absurd. Even if you go elsewhere I'd call the Diocese and tell them your experience. This is a Catholic school, not just a private school right? They are subject to rules within their system too.

Ev - posted on 03/29/2016

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It sounds like to me that this person and her friend are trying to pull something here. If she won't accept your second opinion then maybe it is not the place for your son and I would take it to the deanery or the diocese. Something just does not sound right. It does not matter how well known someone is...what matters is how good they are at what they are doing.

Helen - posted on 03/29/2016

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I did get a second opinion and they said he did not need occupational therapy. The head of the preschool stated that her occupational therapist was really well known, and i needed to take her friends word over anyone elses. In answer to your suggestion I am applying to other schools at the present time.

Michelle - posted on 03/29/2016

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Again, what was the reason they gave to you? They should have said his fine motor skills needs work or something. You have a right to know if they haven't told you and like Sarah said, you can get a 2nd opinion and they have to accept the results.
I would also want to move schools if they are like this with little ones, what are they like as the kids get older?

Helen - posted on 03/28/2016

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A friend of the director of the preschool was an occupational therapist. She tested him and said he needed it. However the test was not appropriate for his age. In addition she was charging $50.00 an hour. So I said no.

Michelle - posted on 03/28/2016

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Why were they saying he needed occupational therapy? What skills did he need to improve on?

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