Charlie is three. He’s had six wonderful months in Early Intervention preschool. He has blossomed: He greets me enthusiastically when I pick him up from school, he smiles in affirmation when you ask him questions, his curiosity is growing, and it’s becoming clearer and clearer that he understands you when you speak.
School has been a really good thing for us.
But it’s come to my attention that our neighborhood school doesn’t offer a special education after preschool.
It’s an interesting issue.
I know, legally, that they cannot deny Charlie services at his assigned school. There are a myriad of options to get him services at his current school. The thing is, we would be breaking new ground. Whatever we would decide, it would be something that had never been done before. I mean, as far as I can tell, they have no special ed services beyond preschool–no resource, but no inclusion, or indirect either. It would be a steep learning curve.
So as I look forward, I wonder if we want to be the guinea pigs? Do I want to fight for something unknown and untested? Or do I want to go with a system that is already in place?
I’m torn. Our neighborhood school is fantastic–people are sneaking their kids in there left and right. It’s considered one of the best in the district. Also, this is our community–we live here, shop here, and our other children will be in school here.
So, it’s something to stew over. Our experience so far has been wonderful–I don’t want to think about the moment will that will have to change. Maybe I’ll stick my fingers in my ears and hum for a while.
**I’d like to make it clear that I am not complaining about the school or the district. It is common practice to centralize certain services. You can, within the law, request your child receive services at their home school, but most do not. **