Getting IEP Team Approval for an Alternative School
When Mike and I arrived at the school for the meeting, he grabbed my hand before we went in and said, “Let’s go get ’em for our little girl!”
The IEP team considered Katie’s needs and the proposed placement for the following year. They talked about the services offered at their school, and my worst fears arose. They were expecting Katie to stay in their system. I was shattered. My daughter would continue to suffer and be singled out.
Then the assistant director of pupil services asked, “I know you’ve been looking into schools. Why don’t you tell us about what you’ve found?”
With tears in my eyes, I explained the benefits of Willow Hill. The inclusion specialist looked at me and said what I had waited seven years to hear -- the truth. “Mrs. Gallagher, we don’t have anything like that for her at our school. The team agrees that Katie should go to Willow Hill. You did a good job.”
I thanked everyone and hugged the teachers. “You saved my daughter’s life. God bless you!”
When Katie got home from school, Mike and I couldn’t wait to tell her the news.
“Katie, Katie!” Mike yelled.
“What’s wrong? I didn’t do it, I swear!”
“You’re going to Willow Hill.”
“I am?” she asked, looking at us with a big smile slowly spreading across her face.
Mike swooped her up in a bear hug as Emily, Katie’s little sister, and I beamed. “No more suffering, honey,” I said, as I rubbed Katie’s back. “No more.”