What are the issues?
All students with disabilities, regardless of their health care needs, are entitled to a free appropriate public education (FAPE) under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). A student with special health needs may also be entitled to services and supports in special education or accommodations in school under Section 504 (Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which forbids discrimination against persons with disabilities.) For students with significant health needs, physicians, parents and school staff aid in determining children’s abilities to attend school.
Here are possible responses:
“We have evaluations and recommendations from Miko’s physicians that clearly state that she is able to and will benefit from attending school. We and they will work with the IEP or 504 team to put together the proper services and supports for Miko.”
“Miko currently has an IEP. We need to reconvene the IEP team and include a school nurse so that we can review the concerns of the school staff and add the training, services and supports needed to address those concerns. Miko is just like her friends and classmates and she deserves an opportunity to continue to attend school.”