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I would like to ask if a school can refuse to provide care for full days for a special ed child with an IEP.  My friend's child has severe behavior problems and the school feels most of them are in the morning so they say he has to start coming at 11.   This means she now must pay full time childcare, and he is in daycare with 5 year olds all morning.  He is 8.  Aren't they required to make arrangements for his needs?

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Connie,

The IEP Team can change school schedules if it is in the best interests of the child. But parents are members of this team and the parents have line-item veto power. They can choose to not agree with one or more things in the IEP. Unless they agree, the school can not implement those portions of the IEP the parents do not agree with. What ever was in the last parent signed IEP continues.

The school is not required to pay for daycare unless the IEP Team feels it is needed for a student. I have never had this happen.

I wish your friend and her children the best,
Tim Runner, Advocate
Advocates for Kids
Email: timrunner@gmail.com
Phone: (949) 582-3601
You can learn more at my web site:
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Questions concerning special education: IEP, assessments, Due Process, mediation, resolution conference, federal law, state law, qualifying for services, residential treatment, special day classes, resource specialists, procedures, having your child assessed, adaptive PE, speech & language, non-public school, FAPE, and tuition reimbursement.

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I have been an education advocate representing students and parents for six years. My experience includes: representing my clients in IEPs, SSTs, Due Process, review assessment results for my clients, and mediations. I have represented clients with learning disabilities, autism, Downs Syndrome, cognitively challenged, emotional problems, learning disabilities, ADD/ADHD, and physical disabilities. I have also represented clients to County Mental Health Departments and Regional Centers. My clients range from pre-school to college students in many states.

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I have a degree in Mathematics from the University of California with minors in Psychology and Physics. I also studied applied statistics in psychology at the graduate level. I have taught college classes, conducted seminars, written articles for various publications, and testified as an expert witness.

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