Special Education/Attendance


Is the case manager responsible of student's attendance or track her attendance everyday and initiate steps on mediating the attendance policy and so forth? Considering her services is a pull-out.

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It sounds like you are writing about a student who has an Individualized Education Plan IEP in place, and it sounds like this student has attendance issues.  Someone at the school is responsible for tracking and compiling the attendance information.  This is especially true if the student's disability is related to attendance problems.  I think this is the case whether the student is receiving 'pull out' or 'push in' services, regardless.  I would also encourage the school team and parent to ask whether this student needs a functional behavior assessment and behavior intervention plan.  The BIP and the IEP ideally could specify who is responsible for what, and the protocol that should be followed if there are attendance problems.  I would say also that the IEP team should meet and discuss the attendance problems, because lack of attending surely affects the student's ability to access the curriculum, and affects her progress.  

I hope this answers your question but if not, please feel free to follow up with another question.  

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Michelle R. Davis, M. Ed.


I can answer questions about disability definitions and criteria for services, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act 2004, No Child Left Behind, 504 plans, how to craft an IEP that drives the appropriate services, school placement, dispute options, and least restrictive environment. I worked in the public school system as a special educator and am now in private consulting practice where we assist parents as they navigate the special education process. I have expertise in all educational disabilities except blind/visual impairments and deaf/hard of hearing. This includes ADHD and other health impairments, medical conditions, dyslexia and learning disabilities, Autism, emotional disabilities, language processing problems, and interfering behaviors.


10 years as special educator and administrator in public school system; Director of ABCs for Life Success since 1998; Expert services such as analysis and testimony; Author: Special Needs Advocacy Resource Book: What you can do now to advocate for your exceptional child's education; Special Needs Advocacy Training Institute; internet radio show Teach Your Children Well: Hot Topics in Education; author School Success for Kids with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders released March 2010 (Prufrock Press).

Masters in Special Education with Emphasis on Inclusive Education (Johns Hopkins University); B.S.in Special Education (James Madison University); Conduct training for Universities, public and private schools, parent groups. Adjunct professor current George Washington University and prior George Mason University.

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