Monday, October 19, 2015
#SPS is failing my kid
Before the school year started we received typical new student welcome emails. I tried to ignore them because they really didn't affect my daughter but after repeatedly receiving ones about 6th grade orientation I had enough. I wrote back to the principal and her assigned teacher and stated that my child was incapable of attending this program and we had not heard anything from our teacher about our own little classroom. The principal responded with a polished politician's answer and tried to appease me with their newly hired assistant principal who had a special education background. And our actual teacher didn't respond at all. When the teacher finally did respond it was all about the physical school building and absolutely nothing about what happens in the classroom on a daily basis. I found that odd. Then we had a strike and started the school year about a week late. Again nothing from the teacher about what to expect those first few days of school.My husband went to the school that first day and explained about our daughter's care and her needs. The staff was super nice to him.
Since then we have had something wrong happen with our daughter almost daily. From them not feeding her enough to not changing her shirt when it becomes drenched from her massive amounts of saliva. Once a week my husband goes to pick her up for a routine swim lesson and so he takes the time to go over the basics with them again. And per usual they nod and smile and say no problem. Without fail the same problems start happening almost immediately. We actually bought them a toilet seat so that our daughter could sit on the potty while at school because that is part of her normal every day routine.
Last week rolled around and it turned into a lousy one for my oldest. She came home with a sporadic "journal" entry as they call them. At the very bottom of this single piece of paper was this tiny little note:
At the top of this post there is a blurry picture of the front page of a seven double sided pages of math homework my oldest came home with a couple days after her stander bruising happened. She cannot hold a pencil or write her name. I don't know why they put this in her backpack. There was no note. No where in her individual education plan (IEP) have we written math as a goal for her. Do we send it back with food splatters or ripped up? That is exactly what would happen to it if I gave it to my daughter. Why is she being wheeled into a typical math class in the first place? Are we going to receive a book report assignment next? I can conjecture all I want because the line of communication from the school is so random and sporadic. When I imagine a good day at school for my oldest it would be filled with the much needed physical, occupational and speech therapies she so needs plus music and art. Not being rolled into a math or science class just so they can say the school is integrated.
Yes, we have written our concerns to the school. We'll see what happens but as it stands I could honestly do better with her then they can right now.