Opinions requested

Discussion in 'General Parenting' started by klmno, Aug 20, 2009.

  1. klmno

    klmno Active Member

    I'm going thru our state regs for IEP's and evaluations. I found that 1) school district psychs are not allowed to examine the Department of Juvenile Justice file containing the list of charges against difficult child and this info is not allowed to be turned over to school district's because it violates the privacy act, except in the cases where the law requires the school district to be notified. That would be difficult child's brush fire 2 years ago, but not the other stuff.

    2) If a parent reports something to the school district, it can be put in the file.

    So, the question is, if info is relayed to a school district psychiatric for evaluation purposes only, should that info be written in the report that will go into difficult child's school district record forever? Or, is that a violation of the privacy act? Could the school district psychiatric not put the conclusions without listing the specific info? Yes, but can I require her to?

    IOW, I provided the info about the weapon on one of the forms about behavior. (Has your child ever used a weapon? I figured his threatening me with the steak knife and cutting himself with a camping knife and razor blade counted, so I put yes.) The school district psychiatric did not know the specifics, frequency, or anything else, so she wrote in her report that "Mother repports difficult child has used weapons. well, this looked horrible and left too much room for assumptions of worse things than the whole story so I told her the whole story. Now I'm wondering if I can terll her to leave it out altogether because that's why he was charged and committed and she's not allowed to put that kind of info in his school district record. Really, I don't get why the report was about stuff like this anyway. Am I way off base or should this kind of stuff be included in a triennial evaluation by a school district psychiatric?

    I'm assuming that even with an IEE, this report will remain a part of difficult child's record, right?
    Last edited: Aug 20, 2009
  2. busywend

    busywend Well-Known Member Staff Member

    klmno, I suggest you PM our resident experts on school issues Sheila or Martie. I think Sheila was recently on vacation, but might be back by now.
  3. lmf64

    lmf64 New Member

    I think the school district psychiatric can include that information exactly the way it was used. Mother reports use of weapons, doesn't say that difficult child was locked up for it, only that you said he'd used weapons in the past. I'm sorry for being such a downer, but that's my take.