SPECIAL EDUCATION - ESSEX COUNTY
Representation at settlement conference to advocate for child's return to school
RR is an 11-year-old 5th-grader who has been classified as Emotionally Disturbed. She has engaged in aggressive behaviors both in school and on the bus; it is unclear whether the district has excluded her from school for more than 10 cumulative school days this year. On April 4, 2019, the district informed RR’s father, JR, that it planned to amend RR’s IEP without a meeting to place her on home instruction pending an out-of-district placement. JR signed both a consent to amend the IEP and for an updated psychiatric evaluation (one had been done in July 2018), but felt that he was not sufficiently informed of his options at the time. On April 10, 2019, JR notified the district that he withdrew his consent to the IEP amendment and psychiatric evaluation, but the district refused to allow RR to return to school and claimed JR could not revoke consent. JR fled a due process petition, and is seeking representation to advocate for RR’s return to school until any updates to her IEP and possibly her placement can be agreed upon by her IEP team including JR.
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