ESSEX COUNTY - SPECIAL EDUCATION
Representation at IEP meeting, mediation, or due process to obtain appropriate out-of-district placement
SE is a 14-year-old 9th-grader with developmental disabilities who was sexually assaulted in November 2017 at school by another student in her self-contained special education class. The other student remains at school; consequently, SE has refused to return to school since December. The district finally placed her on home instruction on February 9, but services have been inconsistent and assignments hard to access. Home instruction is set to end in a few weeks and SE’s aunt and legal guardian, DM, does not know where SE will go. DM would like SE placed out-of-district where her educational and emotional needs can be addressed.
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