Special Education/rights during lockdown


The lockdown drills at school last year traumatized my special needs son and completely freaked out my daughter who has no
special issues. I dont think they make anyone safe, they scare the heck out of alot of kids. Is there a way a parent
can ask to remove her kids from school during the drill? They are not mandatory and I wish some parent would challenge them.
They are an excessive reaction to sandy hook. These kids cant model a real life attack and bringing them into rooms
to sit and wait isn't going to deter a crazy person. What are my rights here? Thanks.


I am sorry your kids are so terrified by the lockdown drills. Many schools are holding these in hopes of minimizing casualties in these random violent events. All I can suggest is for you to call an IEP Team Meeting for your son to see if anything can be done. I don't know of anything specifically in education law addressing this situation.

I hope the IEP Team can help you.

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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.


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.

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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