Have letter from psychiatrist recommending IEP

Discussion in 'Special Ed 101' started by Karen & Crew, Mar 30, 2007.

  1. Karen & Crew

    Karen & Crew New Member

    Now the sample letter Sheila referenced for me indicates sending it to the special education director for the school district. R's school has a Special Education director just for that school. Would I still send it to the district director or to the school director? Both perhaps? CC the principal?

    This is so overwhelming.
     
  2. Sheila

    Sheila Moderator

    There is a "chain of command" in school districts similar to private corporate business. in my opinion, one of the objectives in using certified mail is to insure it gets to the party that is ultimately responsible for making sure special education law is followed.

    The US Department of Education oversees State Education Agencies (SEA).

    SEAs charge school district Superintendents with primary responsibility of Special Education law.

    Superintendents of the Districts typically designate a District level Special Education Director.

    Each school campus has a person designated for overseeing campus level activities. Sometimes it's the principal and sometimes it's a separate campus department that reports to the principal.

    You want the certified mailing to go to the designated district Special Education Director (not the campus level sp ed director).

    I would likely address the letter to the campus Special Education Director and the Principal as a matter of protocol and courtesy; and cc it to the District Sp Ed Director. But again, the certified mailing would go to the District Special Education Director.

    The school of hard knocks has taught me it is prudent that the truly responsible party to be put "on notice" so to speak. This action also circumvents the often used excuse of "we (upper administration) didn't know."

    (And when that doesn't work, I start sending the certified mailing to the Superintendent -- but I don't think you are there yet.)

    It's good to hear that you have the psychiatrist's letter. Be sure it gets to the District Special Education Department via attachment to your cover letter and, as always, via certified mail. Paper trails, paper trails....

    Ex:

    Date


    Name
    Address

    Re: difficult child's name
    School name
    IDEA evaluation

    Dear Mr/Mrs Sp Ed Director:

    In response to Ms. Abc's notification, attached herewith is a letter from difficult child's doctor, Dr. XYZ, dated March XX, 2007 pertinent to the special education evaluation requested via my letter dated March XX, 2007.

    Sincerely,


    Mom

    Attachment

    You're doing good. Hang in there.

    When you get this step done, remind me to introduce you to IEEs in the event you need that info in the next month or so.
     
  3. Karen & Crew

    Karen & Crew New Member

    Thanks, Sheila! I have it all ready to go now.

    Naturally, the whole district breaks for spring break next Tuesday so...it'll be mid-April before anything gets rolling but I figure all this work now will hopefully pay off next school year.

    Please do introduce me to IEE's. The more I know the better prepared I'll be! :smile:
     
  4. Sheila

    Sheila Moderator

    IEE = Independent Education Evaluation .

    Sometimes it happens that a school district will do an evaluation(s) and the parent(s) do not agree with it. In these circumstances, parents may request an IEE. It's at no cost to the parents.

    The evaluator(s) are chosen by the parents. The evaluation must be done in accordance with IDEA, e.g., it can also be a multidisciplinary evaluation.

    http://www.wrightslaw.com/info/test.iee.steedman.htm has an overview.

    When an IEE is requested by a parent, one thing I've found that some sds try to do is get the parent to specifically set out what they do not agree with. This is done to limit the IEE. The school district may ask why a parent disagrees with-their evaluation report, but MAY NOT compel an answer.
     
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