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Leigh kim
04-26-2017, 04:49 PM
Hello. My 6 yr old with Down Syndrome is overly stressed and backsliding during this first year in public school (NC). Do I need to file an IEP for him if I am going to homeschool? I've looked into the laws here but I'm unsure as to who I need to speak with or what site I can trust for info.
Thank you!

alexsmom
04-26-2017, 05:02 PM
Welcome. Oh, finding a site with trustable information! Good luck there!
You can dig through NC dept of education site, they often have a section for homeschooling.
According to this random site, however, NC isnt obligated to give services to you if you homeschool.
https://specialneedshomeschooling.com/state-law-requirements-on-special-needs-homeschoolers/

You might also ask your local district - if you like the people there.... ask them what services you can still receive if you switch to homeschooling (because the PS environment isnt suiting your Darling, and you have the ability to do it at home).

You can also search for a local Special Needs Advocate - a simple (free) phone call should give you the answer about whether IEP services are covered if you homeschool. They may be more familiar with actual local district policies.

If you dont want services, you just start homeschooling. Kids arent specially tracked because they qualify for IEP accomodations.

Leigh kim
04-26-2017, 06:04 PM
Thank you so much for that info! I am so new to this and laws are freaking me out. I will make a call tomorrow to our area advocate. :)

TFZ
04-29-2017, 08:11 AM
Just wanted to add that you might be able to find some local groups on Facebook if you want to ask some moms from your state or area. FB seems to be where the most action is, and people are pretty helpful ime.

farrarwilliams
04-29-2017, 10:26 AM
IEP's are for school... I'm nearly positive you don't *need* to do anything for an IEP or to have one in order to homeschool a special needs child. However, if there's even a small chance that your son will go back into the system, you probably want to maintain it and document things on your end for it for the future. In nearly every state (though I don't know about NC specifically), you can maintain an IEP while a student is being homeschooled or in private school. Back when I was teaching in private schools, I attended IEP meetings sometimes as part of my job - these were for kids planning to return to public school or who received services. However, depending on the state, they may or may not provide the outside services in the IEP (some states do for certain things, like speech and OT, even if they won't provide other counseling services... you need a NC person for this). If he's getting out of the classroom services like that, I'd fight to keep them if possible. That stuff gets expensive fast.

Good luck! I'm thinking that with a son who has a clear medical condition like that - that getting the IEP reinstated if he ever returns to school won't be a big issue like it can be sometimes when a family pulls a kid with, say, diagnosed ADHD. Sometimes the schools don't want to reinstate services... I'm thinking in your case, it would be less of a fight, so if dealing with the IEP turns out to be a hassle, I think it's okay to also just let it go and cross that bridge when you come to it if you send him back to school in the future.

HobbitinaHobbitHole
04-29-2017, 12:13 PM
I am not in your state, but as others have said, whether you maintain IEP status with your district is optional depending on if you want to continue services with them. For us the services had stopped being helpful because of how they were being implemented, so we opt out of that process. I did make psuedo IEP type documents for myself at first, just to make sure I maintained focus on certain issues and to have written goals for that that were outside of the neurotypical, age-specific curriculum. I find that it helps to have these thing to look at for while while you first navigate homeschooling, but I think I am sort of weird in that.