I recently accepted a position in Fayetteville, NC as a nurse. It is a huge change for us, moving 14 hours away to a town we know very little about. I have researched schools and have found the top schools, however, it is very hard to find out regarding their special needs stuff. My middle son was born deaf, has cochlear implants, and currently his speech is age appropriate. However, he still receives speech to help him with articulation as well as some reading support to make sure he is staying where he needs to be. We had his IEP a few weeks ago at his current school(just finished kindergarten) and made the goals/continued the interventions. This is our first move ever. So, what do I do? We do not have housing set up yet and probably won't until at least mid to late June(maybe 3 weeks before getting there). Do I find housing(plan to be within the good school districts) and know exactly which school we will go to and then call the school to discuss IEP info AND bring a copy of his current IEP? Do we have a new IEP meeting? I have no idea how any of this works!
Help! We are moving and I have no idea where to start!
OK, take a deep breath. Any time you change schools you will have to set up a new IEP. I would ask his current teacher to write a little introduction note to his new teacher about some of the things she found helpful in the class. You should also get a copy of his school records, including his IEP from the current school.
Once you have moved, you will need to register him at school, depending on the school, you may have to wait until August for registration. At that time, you need to request an IEP. Most school districts now have all their forms online, so I would suggest downloading and filling them out before you go. They probably have medical forms for a physician to fill out as well, if you can download them early, you can send them to your old doctor so you do not have to get a brand new doctor to fill them out.
Basically, you will have to start the process over again for a new school district. If you know for sure where you will be moving, call the school district offices and ask what you need in advance so you can be prepared. If you are not sure about the schools, ask the pediatric social worker at the local hospital. We go to a top rated school, but my neighbor is moving because the school has a open floorplan, so her son (who wears hearing aids), is constantly fighting with the background noise, and missing half the instruction.