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post #21 of 26
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Originally Posted by Fay View Post

The letter is best if you keep it short.  I suggest hand-delivering 3 copies of the letter, one for the classroom teacher, one for the principal and one for someone higher up in charge of special ed.  This is what the letter needs to say:

 

Dear Ms. School Principal:  I am writing to request a multi-disciplinary team evaluation for my daughter, Name, a student at School Name.  This letter is my written consent for evaluation.  As you know from our meeting on Date, Teacher Name reports that my daughter is distracted in class, will not speak, bites herself, touches herself and is not meeting cognitive or academic goals in spite of repeating first grade.  Therefore my daughter needs a full developmental evaluation by the school psychologist, social worker, speech therapist and occupational therapist (maybe physical therapist, too, depending on other reported symptoms).  Thank you for your time and consideration.  Signed, Parent Name

 

 

Is it ok to hand deliver?  I thought they needed to be sent by registered or certified (not sure which) mail with signature requested.  The reason I thought that was because then the school can not deny receiving it.  I might be off, though, so I am just asking.

 

post #22 of 26

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Originally Posted by melissa17s View Post

Is it ok to hand deliver?  I thought they needed to be sent by registered or certified (not sure which) mail with signature requested.  The reason I thought that was because then the school can not deny receiving it.  I might be off, though, so I am just asking.

 


Wrightslaw suggests not doing so (certified), but in the discussion under the article others disagree; there are also suggestions sending the letter "Priority Mail with delivery tracking" or hand delivering but asking for a for time/date stamp receipt.

 

The Negative Impact of Certified Letters - Wrightslaw


Edited by Emmeline II - 2/10/12 at 4:45pm
post #23 of 26

Yes, it's OK to hand-deliver.  The reason I suggested 3 copies of the same letter is so that receipt of the letter can't be denied.  Under your signature on the letter you write "cc: name of second recipient, name of third recipient."  That way everyone knows the names of all 3 recipients, no one can deny receiving it, and there's no need to sending it via certified mail.  We always get a quick response when we send out a letter simultaneously to several levels of school administration.  :)

 

Remember, the school has 30 days to respond, then another 30 days to do the eval, so you need to deliver the letter at least 2 months before the end of the school year.  If you hand-deliver the letters today, you will get a response mid-March, and then an IEP meeting in mid-April.

post #24 of 26
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Originally Posted by Fay View PostRemember, the school has 30 days to respond, then another 30 days to do the eval, so you need to deliver the letter at least 2 months before the end of the school year.  If you hand-deliver the letters today, you will get a response mid-March, and then an IEP meeting in mid-April.


School response time is determined by state law; in CA it looks like the school has 15 days to respond:

 

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The school district must inform you about proposed evaluations of your child in a written notice or an assessment plan within fifteen (15) days of your written request for evaluation.... The Prior Written Notice must include the following:
1.
A description of the actions proposed or refused by the school district
2.
An explanation of why the action was proposed or refused
3.
A description of each assessment procedure, record, or report the agency used as a basis for the action proposed or refused

 

pseng.pdf (application/pdf Object)

 

 

post #25 of 26

Hello, Could you explain the 80/20 that you mentioned. My wife is a special Education teacher as well and her district has just started talking about some 80/20 law for special education in Michigan.It seems as though the administrators cannot explain this 80/20. Not sure if this is a formula that has to deal with total FTE hours or if this is just some hoax. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you  

post #26 of 26

 In Ca they have 60 days to do a full evaluation  after getting permission to do the evaluation.

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