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Posted by Rick d. on November 03, 2000 at 17:26:48:

In Reply to: no pass no play and add posted by Don Anderson on November 03, 2000 at 15:19:54:

: We took my son out of public school in 7th grade because the school "didn't have time" to give us his assignments so we could make sure he did them.
: He went back this year (9th grade) because he wanted to play football. They are using his IEP from 7th grade (tho not following it) and he made a 65 in bio the first six weeks and was suspended from games. He was out sick for almost 2 weeks and they waited till the end of the sick weeks to give him the bio makeup test. He quickly started the 2nd 6 weeks with a 96 in biology. After 3 weeks he didn't write down and do and assignment which put him at 61 in speech right before grades went in. He turned the assignment in and it brought his grade up to 86. But, it knocked him out of playing in games for the rest of the season. The state law says you can be suspended with a disability if you fail following the IEP. However, the teachers are not following. They did not give him organizational help for assignments. We finally got a meeting for a new IEP next Wed. His self-esteem is 0 because of the suspension from football. (Like it was when we moved him out of public school before). I need help for Wed. It would help him so much if he could play the last three games. Does anyone have any experience with this and can you help me please?!

It looks like that you may have to get a court injunction. It seems, from what you have written, that the school is NOT following the IEP, or section 504, in rgards to making accomidations for his "disability". I hesitate to use the word "disability", but accorgding to the law, they MUST make provisions for people that fall under the 504 or IEP programs. Work very hard to keep your son on task. It may mean that you have to take some time from your work, but I think it would be worth it. It will show your son that you REALLY are willing to do anything to help him. Don't let him think that he can slack off on the grades, though, but show him that is a direct, immediate, reward (playing in the games) to his concentrated efforts. The court battle is going to be a long, drawn out thing. Talk to the teachers and find out if there is any way to mitigate the damage to your son's football playing. Good luck. Oh, document, document, document. Write everything down that the school is REQUIRED to do for you, and note if they are not, or if they are being unreasonable. Write the time, date, person, and the EXACT wording they used with you. It will only help you later on. Don't tell your son you are writing this stuff down. Better that he only knows that you are fighting for him.

Rick d


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