Ok, so last Friday I sent off certified letters, which included a letter from the psychiatrist, to the school psychologist, the special education coordinator for our area requesting an immediate meeting regarding a 504 plan for my son and for him to be evaluated for a IEP. I am doing it this way at the recommendation of a school social worker. Because my son has missed so much school and he hasn't been there enough for them to really see what he needs, but he needs some accommodations to start with beyond the care pass the counselor has given him. With his anxiety levels and school refusal we need to do something to get him there so that he can be evaluated. Anyway, when I took difficult child in yesterday, which was his first day back after being discharged from psychiatric hospital, I also dropped off a copy of the letters for the school psychologist. I figured it couldn't hurt. Anyway, this morning while I was trying to get difficult child to get up, I got a call from his school. It was the secretary for the counseling office at the school, they wanted to schedule a 504 plan meeting for next Tuesday morning. When I took difficult child to school this morning I had to go in because he was 15 mins late because he was not wanting to go, anyway, on my way out the door, a man stopped me and introduced himself as the school psychologist! We talked for 15 mins and he said that he has read the doctors letter and was trying to get familiar with my son's history. He of course has his opinions that difficult child's anxiety all stems from home that he is afraid that he is going to lose me. OK, there is some of that, but that is not all of it. Anyway, he said that he thought we were looking at the emotionally disturbed category for the IEP when it comes, but the key is going to be to get difficult child there and keep him coming. He said that once difficult child is there, he seems to be fine in class. Anyway, he said that he wasn't going make the same mistake he had done before with thinking that a bipolar kid that functions well doesn't need a plan, because when he did that before, there was a girl who was fine and did well in class until either her medications weren't working anymore or she quit taking them and she really started having issues. I mentioned to him that difficult child is behind in math because of all his not being there and he said that we will discuss it and would difficult child be able to stay after school. I said I would have to arrange transportation for him because he currently rides the bus home. My advocate can't be there in person, but she will call into the meeting by phone. She is sending me some information by email today to prepare me and we will talk by phone before Tuesday. I at least feel that I have made some progress and have hopes that we can get difficult child some help.