If a child attends a private school in California, it does not necessarily mean that their family will have zero interaction with the public school system. For example, there are specific programs and resources available through public schools to which private school students may also be entitled. If a parent determines that their child can benefit from an individualized education program (IEP), they can request support through the local public school district.
A parent may request a meeting through the local school district. In addition to the student’s parent(s) or legal guardian(s), the child’s private school teacher should also be present, as well as a district representative who is familiar with the school’s curriculum. In some cases, the student for whom IEP support is being requested may attend the meeting.
A parent may bring a personal advocate to an IEP meeting
An IEP meeting can be stressful for parents who are dealing with sensitive issues and trying their best to get their child the necessary help to thrive academically. To minimize stress, a parent may ask a personal advocate, such as an education law attorney, to be present at the meeting. This may be especially helpful if school officials are saying that a student’s current personal level of performance (PLOP) does not meet the requirements for an IEP.
Since there may be issues directly relevant to California private school students in need of an IEP, it is best if a concerned parent seeks legal support from the start, in case any complications arise. The U.S. government has promised free and appropriate education to students who have autism, hearing or vision impairments, cognitive delays or processing disorders and many other conditions that create a learning impediment. Any parent in need of support, including those with a student in private school, may schedule a consultation with an experienced education law attorney.