Albany School District Special Education Problems
We have had our kids in the Albany schools since Kindergarten, and have been reasonably happy with their experience until they entered Albany High School. After a year and a half of incessant bullying at Albany High, our daughter made a serious suicide attempt and is now in a therapeutic boarding school which combines clinical treatment with special education. We requested an IEP evaluation shortly after she started treatment, and we have experienced nothing but foot-dragging, stonewalling, and non-communication ever since. They are now using the Covid-19 shut down as a blanket excuse to not complete the IEP evaluation, even though we signed and returned the evaluation plan on February 13, a full month before the shutdown. We are in shock that a district we have been a part of for 11 years is washing their hands of our daughter's special education needs. We are being told that IEP evaluations will not happen until the kids return to school physically, whenever that happens. So they expect us to send our daughter back into the same environment with no support services in place, and then they will think about evaluating her. I never thought I would be in a position where I would be contemplating suing my previously beloved AUSD. My questions (finally) are: Has anyone had success with working with Albany High to address targeted bullying? Has anyone successfully negotiated an IEP placement in an outside therapeutic school for mental health issues (like Hogan) with AUSD? Did it require getting a lawyer? Does the county play a role in special education when districts fail to provide FAPE? Would Berkeley High provide better special education services (if we could get a transfer?) Thank you for any and all input.