In honor of Lizzy's birthday, let me update you with some information.
I consider myself to be a very tolerant person. Our family is well liked and respected in this community. I tell my kids to be nice until you can't be nice anymore. I'm pissed.
After the meeting with the robot Kristen Wilson and her sidekick, THE CHIEF OFFICER of human resources, we had to send two more requests for the investigation. Seriously, they want you to beg so that they feel powerful. We got it and it was a joke.
After reading it in all of 2 minutes, I realized a couple of things. People will say what they need to to keep their job and they are in the wrong profession. When you are working with kids that are disabled, you have to be in it for THEM. You have to protect THEM.
In this report, it says that time outs (never ever says time away-a term Kristen Wilson has used. Time out refers a place in the classroom. Time away ALL OF A SUDDEN makes what he did sound better) are between 5 and 10 minutes in length. But THIS time out just happen to be 90 seconds and all three of them said it! I'm calling BULL on that. But, lets say it is true and it was really 90 seconds, he took her into a separate room he was told NOT TO USE!! No one has addressed the fact that he was insubordinate. When I told the VP of special education at that school he angrily said "I told him NOT to use that room!"
This was written in the "summary and findings"....Time out and time away was utilized in the classroom for behaviors requiring intervention. Lizzy has never needed a behavior intervention. NEVER. It also states that her SCREAMING when she first started at this school was a concern. Lizzy only screams with delight when music is playing.
It says he would assist the aides with "removal of clothing" like hoodies. ?????? What is so difficult about taking a hoodie off? Lizzy owns ONE hoodie that we got while in KY over vacation. She wears a shirt underneath (bruise on her back and his response on blog www.divingforhealing.blogspot.com)
It also states that when female and /or male staff were absent, substitutes for the absent staff members same gender were sought and TYPICALLY provided. What about when her aide would leave early? Who then, Kristen??? How about the time when the teacher was out with heart surgery and A MALE BUS DRIVER was waiting to get Lizzy. No Idea who he was. Her female aide was in the classroom and this guy walks up to my van. I watched him roll her into the classroom, but I was pissed. Went right to VP again. Told me I would never happen again. A bus driver??? What on earth?
Now, lets talk about this district. Award winning, scholarships galore, test scores amazing, etc. DO NOT TAKE YOU SPECIAL NEEDS CHILD TO THIS DISTRICT. They, in all seriousness, do not care about your child. This is coming from a parent that has first hand experience for 14 years. There has been a real and legitimate issue in a classroom for most of those years. Its because they try to get away with garbage and 95% of the parents have no idea. I have always taken Lizzy to school and picked her up. If you don't, then you are out of the loop. Here is the biggest reason why Lizzy's life doesn't matter to this district.
We came with a real concern. A heartbreaking and horrible problem. This district sat on our investigation request for TWO WEEKS and did nothing. How do I know? The morning I sent the follow up email (two weeks after our initial request) is the date the interviews were conducted. Don't talk to me about being my child's advocate. Don't ever act concern again. You district people are only concerned with money, numbers, test scores, and all that involves making you look good. I am completely disgusted with the disrespect and lack of concern for children with special needs. This district has a very large number of kids with special needs and could care less about any of them.
I did file a complaint at the state level and was told they didn't violate her IEP. But stated that it does look bad and that it is more of a personal and personnel issue.
That is all that I will say at this point. Advice, opinions, comments? All welcome. If you need clarification or have a question, email, message or text me.
You know, its hard enough having a child that is challenging all the way around, the least, THE LEAST, they could have said was it wasn't appropriate and we will deal with him. I would have been fine with that. Really, that is it.