School has been back in for 2 1/2 days as I write this update in September of 2017. I wish I didn’t have too much to say but unfortunately it hasn’t been a super great week for some kids in BC schools.
What’s been happening, you say? Here is an incomplete list:
Parents are being asked to keep their children home in large numbers, while classes are organized and set, and often while EA’s are still being assigned and/or hired.
Parents have been told their child may only attend a portion of the day, sometimes as little as 1 hour, and sometimes temporarily but in some cases, for the entire year.
Parents have discovered that their children are not on track to graduate with a Dogwood – their program has shifted without consultation or explanation.
Students new to high school are already getting lost in the shuffle – their IEP accommodations have not been passed on to their new teachers, and assignments are not being approached with regard to their needs.
Parents have been told that assessments are on hold, or that their child will not even be recommended or waitlisted for one at this time.
Parents are already struggling with trying to hang on to their jobs as schools are calling them to pick up their child during the school day, because there are no supports available for them.
Parents are already being told that their children will be excluded from field trips, band, sports and other activities.
Parents, having been reassured before school started that the right supports would be available for their kids, have arrived at school to find that those supports are not there.