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CCSC officials monitoring situation

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Administrators in the Clay Community School Corporation are monitoring a situation involving a student and school employees at Forest Park Elementary.

The incident, which occurred in mid-September, involved a special education student, who was playing on the playground. When an instructional assistant (IA) tried to redirect the student, he reacted by pushing the IA. At that time, two other IA's attempted to redirect the student as well.

"Our number one priority is the safety of our students and staff," Supt. Dan Schroeder said. "I have been in communication with the parent of the student."

Since the incident, the student has had a one-on-one IA and several case conferences have taken place with more scheduled. The case conference committee involves the administration, teachers, parents and other professionals. The committee discusses the status of the student and it is in charge of making any legal decisions about the student such as placement, schedule and behavior plan.

"There was another incident with this student last May," Schroeder said. "It was decided at that time that the student was to be homebound. The student had counseling and de-escalation training over summer break."

The case conference committee is currently reviewing the September incident, but they must take into consideration the academic progress and the ability to get along with others as well as the behavior of the student before any decision is made.

"There are over 4,000 students in Clay Community Schools, incidents with special education students will come up, we must review the policies and procedures and make updates," Schroeder said. "Legally, we must keep students in the least restrictive environment for educational purposes."

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"Our number one priority is the safety of our students and staff," Supt. Dan Schroeder said.

Then please explain why this child is not HOMEBOUND again this year! Sounds like the people making the decisions in this situation don't have a child enrolled in this school. My child is a fourth grade studunt there and I am very concerned for my childs safety. I, as a parent should not have to worry about my child being injured at school, just because the issue isn't being handled properly. I feel bad for that child, the child obviously has some issues. And I agree that this child deserves an education, but this isn't the first time someone has been injured and probably won't be the last. If this child can do that kind of damage on an adult, just think about how badly another child could get hurt. Then, Supt. Dan Schroeder, you WILL have legal issues to be concerned about. Open your eyes and get this problem resolved before a child gets hurt really bad. I shouldn't have to punish my child by moving them to another school.

-- Posted by Concernedagain on Sat, Oct 9, 2010, at 1:47 PM

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