PASSAIC COUNTY - SPECIAL EDUCATION
Negotiation with district to obtain IEEs, comp. ed., and possible out-of-district placement
JR is a 13-year-old 7th-grader who has been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The district has not implemented his speech and language therapy since January because the therapist retired and has not been replaced. That same month, JR had a meltdown and threatened to hurt himself and another student. JR’s grandmother and guardian, GS, submitted letters from his doctor and then a psychiatrist, but he was still not allowed to return to school until GS complained to the district BOE. He was not provided any services during this time and his attendance records indicate that his absences were unexcused. At the time of the incident, JR’s 1:1 aide was out due to surgery and the district did not replace her. In May, JR was suspended for five days for striking a teacher after she grabbed him. GS is seeking independent evaluations, compensatory services, and either an appropriate out-of-district placement or at least implementation of an appropriate IEP.
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