Top Ten Tips for a New School Year
1. Be patient, the start of a new school year is always a challenge until things settle down and order gets established.
2. If you have a child with challenges, try to meet with the teacher as soon as possible.
3. Inquire early in the school year about your child's IEP - try and have it done before the end of October. Advocate that it been done asap. This is important because it sets the stage for the whole year.
4. Read the BCACL's booklet on Inclusive Education it is well-written and informative. The E Book has great live links.
5. Introduce yourself to the principal. In my experience, the principal sets the tone for the school. Do your best to get their support.
6. In advance of the school year, plan what you think your child needs and ensure that it is encapsulated within the IEP
7. Remember your child has a right to be in school. It is the law.
8. Get to know the organizational structure in your school system so you know who to go to if issues arise. Who does the principal report to? And who in turn do that person report to? and so on...
9. Share information with the teacher and EA that they will need to support your child. If you require a formal meeting ask for one.
10. Work on building relationships with people at the school, talk to other parents, and get support from an advocate if you need it.