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Old 10-20-2017, 01:46 PM
 
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Hello. I'm an elementary school teacher but resigned last school year due to family related matters. My son is 3 years old and attends the preschool SDC in our district (we live in Santa Clara County, CA) 5x a week for 2 hours each day. He gets OT once a week and speech 2x a week (all in small group).

My son only has 4 words and babbles a lot and the kids he is getting pulled out with all are speaking 3-4 word sentences. Taking that into consideration and his extreme eating habits, I'm trying to get additional Speech, OT, and Feeding therapy through my husband's insurance but there are 1-2+ year long wait lists if you want a timing in the early afternoon or later. Although my son does need the social aspect of preschool, he needs a lot of 1 on 1 and I don't feel he is getting it. That having been said, can I call a meeting and tell the district that I only want my son to attend preschool 3x a week as opposed to 5? That would leave 2 days to devote to additional OT, Speech, and Feeding Therapy. I'm pretty sure I can do this but I thought I'd double check with the experts.


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Old 10-20-2017, 02:33 PM
 
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I am pretty sure that since preschool isn't legally required, you can do whatever you want, although I can't promise that. Every state and district seems to have their own rules. At the very least, yes you have a right to call a meeting whenever you want. So you can ask for the meeting and then see what the school recommends. They may have other programs that would be a better fit for him too, and that could be another option. I know in my district, we can get kids into more intensive programs significantly faster if parents are advocating for it.
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Old 10-20-2017, 04:47 PM
 
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Pinacolada, I don't live far from you! My husband taught preschool SDC for years in nearby district and, unless something has changed, preschool is not mandatory.

As a school psych, I can tell you that if you do call a meeting and they want to continue to offer 5 days a week, there is a section on the IEP consent page that says "I agree to all parts of the IEP except __________" where you can write in something like "5 days a week of specialized academic instruction. I only want 3 days per week." If you change your mind, the 5 days a week offer will still be on the table.
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