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Homeschooling and IEP Update

Posted by on Oct. 29, 2015 at 10:26 PM
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Hello. I am new to this group and am considering homeschooling my children next year but I have some questions and am still gathering information. One of my questions is concerning my son who has an IEP for reading and writing. If I homeschool him, will a specialist have to come to my home and work with him? I've heard of this before or is this optional? We had hoped that he would have graduated out of the program by now. My dh and I were the ones who had suggested putting him in the program to begin with. After testing and an evaluation we were told he would catch up to his peers and graduate out of the program in two years and four years later he is still in the program. Now they want to do another re evaluation and I didn't know if that would interfere with homeschooling plans for next year. Any experience with this?



Update: So I went to a review for my sons IEP meeting and mentioned we would be homeschooling next year. The main lady who is in charge of the special education said she would have to call her supervisor about us un enrolling my son at the end of the school year and how to in enroll my son out of the IEPas she didn't believe me all we had to do was sign a note. One of my sons teachers got angry and said this sends up " red flags " and he disagrees with us homeschooling and wants to know why we are doing this. All the teachers seemed upset. I also mentioned I wanted my son to graduate out of special education at some point and had hoped this year would be the year seeing he doesn't get help on anything but handwriting and reading I come to find out and 350 minutes a week. No other help on anything else. I get a bad feeling about taking my children out of the school . Like the school is going to harass us when we do. They all seemed angry at us.
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collinsmommy0
by Kim on Oct. 29, 2015 at 10:45 PM
It depends....generally if you are homeschooling you deny any public school services, including the services on the IEP.

However, if you are in a state that does charter schools, they can provide limited services (generally in the form of consultation).....but that also depends on the charter program. I live in California which allows for charter homeschools & there are a variety of options in many areas.

FYI, you can deny the IEP at any time & take your child out of special education services, even if they are still attending public school.
cmmember
by on Oct. 30, 2015 at 12:12 AM
Thanks, I didn't know you could deny the IEP at any time. Glad that won't stop us from looking into homeschooling. Im starting to wonder if homeschooling would be a better option for us.

Quoting collinsmommy0: It depends....generally if you are homeschooling you deny any public school services, including the services on the IEP.

However, if you are in a state that does charter schools, they can provide limited services (generally in the form of consultation).....but that also depends on the charter program. I live in California which allows for charter homeschools & there are a variety of options in many areas.

FYI, you can deny the IEP at any time & take your child out of special education services, even if they are still attending public school.
Bethbeth
by Member on Oct. 30, 2015 at 12:20 AM

This is a tough question since we all live in different states. Where I am, homeschoolers can do lots of stuff for free at public schools. For example, I know speech therapy is available. We also have public schools for homeschoolers, where students could really get more help too. So, I feel like there are lots of options where I am. But I have no idea about where you are. I would look for a facebook group for homeschoolers in your city, region, or state and ask questions there. And just start researching online.

msb64
by on Oct. 30, 2015 at 3:04 AM
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My son attended 1st grade in Virginia and had an IEP.  When we pulled him out of public school to homeschool him, the IEP changed to a Service Plan so that he could continue to have speech and occupational therapies at the school.  While the Service Plan was required for him to continue to receive services, it was not a requirement of homeschooling.

Leissaintexas
by Silver Member on Oct. 30, 2015 at 12:12 PM
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Many families find ways of doing the therapies themselves just to be rid of the public schools completely. Speech, OT, and vision therapy are just a few. If all he has an IEP for is reading and writing, then I'd just deny all services, since they don't seem to be helping anyway. In my area, once you're out of the system, you're out completely. They don't do services for homeschooled kids.
kirbymom
by Sonja on Nov. 2, 2015 at 2:59 PM

You shouldn't have to worry about any re-evaluations if you are taking him out of the system for homeschooling unless he needs to stay with that program or you want him to. 

cmmember
by on Nov. 2, 2015 at 4:31 PM
Thank you. I wasn't sure. We are considering homeschooling for next year and my son has a reevaluation tomorrow. Was getting worried about it. I didn't want this to stop us for next year . I guess when we start homeschooling we just won't worry about the IEP .

Quoting kirbymom:

You shouldn't have to worry about any re-evaluations if you are taking him out of the system for homeschooling unless he needs to stay with that program or you want him to. 

kirbymom
by Sonja on Nov. 3, 2015 at 11:50 AM
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Your welcome. :)

The re-evaluation can actually be more of a help than your thinking. It can give you the insight you need to knowing where your son's weaknesses and strengths are and you can use that as a jumping point in knowing where your son's learning needs to go if/when you start homeschooling.  

Quoting cmmember: Thank you. I wasn't sure. We are considering homeschooling for next year and my son has a reevaluation tomorrow. Was getting worried about it. I didn't want this to stop us for next year . I guess when we start homeschooling we just won't worry about the IEP .
Quoting kirbymom:

You shouldn't have to worry about any re-evaluations if you are taking him out of the system for homeschooling unless he needs to stay with that program or you want him to. 


StarLight23
by on Nov. 3, 2015 at 2:08 PM
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This is something I wasn't sure about. I don't really have the means to get him to private therapy so I just send him to public school, both to be around other kids his age and get therapy.

I know not a great solution, but a solution nonetheless.

cmmember
by on Nov. 3, 2015 at 5:05 PM
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