Friday, September 4, 2009

social worker's response to my email-love her

"Hi Kasey-
I am sorry to hear that this surprise has come up so quickly and unexpedctedly. Please let me know if there is going to be an IEP meeting or a meeting to discuss this issue in person. I would like to attend.

I know that Murphy and your family have felt Murphy's wonderful progress greatly with Anne Mehr. Also, did the school give a reason for wanting to change Murphy from his CID program into an EBD/DCD program or for the change in his teacher? I just wanted to make sure that I am understanding before there is any type of meeting.

Also, you may want to consider contacting PACER. They are a parent advocacy program for educational issues/problems/questions parents have about thier rights within the school system. Thier contact number is 952.838.9000. I would gladly call for you, but PACER reqires the original phone call from Murphy's guardian if they want to start services. Services are free and are at no cost to you.

Again, I would very much like to attend any kind of meeting, and think that PACER would be a valuable resource to you and your family. The last thing anyone wants to see is Murphy regress! I think it would be good to have some questions have the chance to be answered in person as a team to help understand all of Murphy's options for the upcoming school year.

Please let me know if there is anything else that I can do for you, thank-you. Katie Elleraas"

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