Ensuring Your Child Has Access to Cutting-Edge Transition Services
As a parent, it can be very difficult to navigate the school system, especially if your child needs access to additional resources to reach their full potential. At the Transition Academy at Mount Saint John, we provide cutting-edge transition services for our students. One of the most critical questions that you should ask as a parent, is whether your child has access to all the resources that they are entitled to. Are they receiving the highest quality education that they can with access to resources that will equip them for life after school? If you are unsure whether your current school system is able to provide all of these resources, the first step is to reach out to your district and your child’s IEP team and schedule a meeting to assess the needs of your child and the district’s ability to meet these needs. If you are not sure whom to contact, find your school district in the list below and the link will take you to a page with the contact information for the appropriate person. Often, the best person to contact to begin this conversation is the district’s Head of Special Education or Director of Pupil Services. If your district does not have this position, reach out to your child’s special education teacher and they should be able to put you in touch with the appropriate people.
Steps to Determine the Best Plan for Your Child
- Initial Meeting: Schedule a meeting with your child’s entire IEP team to determine if their current placement is able to meet all of their needs and provide all of the services your child is entitled to.
- Out-of-District Referral: If the IEP team determines that they are not able to meet these needs within the district, a referral packet is filled out and sent to possible placements that would be able to better provide education and transition skills to your child.
- Referral Packet Review: The packet is received and reviewed placement staff. This packet contains a broad range of information such as the latest IEP plan, physical and psychological evaluations, any relevant discharge papers, and a student profile.
- Tour & Interview: At this point, if the Transition Academy at Mount St. John believes your student is a good candidate for our cutting-edge programs, your family will be invited to the Mount St. John Campus for a tour and informal interview.
- Meeting with District: Once you decide that the Transition Academy at Mount St. John can provide the high-quality education and transition skills your child needs to thrive, the next step is to contact the district with your decision on which Out-of-District Placement best fits your child’s needs.
- Schedule PPT Meeting: The last step is to schedule a PPT meeting at the Transition Academy to revise the IEP. This meeting will include you, your district representative, and members of the team at the Transition Academy. This meeting will be to review the contents of your child’s IEP and to revise the placement to reflect the out-of-district placement.
If you are considering an Out-of-District Placement for your child, please fill out this form to download and print a referral packet. The packet will provide us with vital information when determining the best program and placement for your child. Please enter your information and download the packet to get started today. We are committed to protecting your privacy. Your information will not be shared with any third party and will be kept confidential.
Staying Informed On Your Child’s Rights
Understanding and navigating the many laws, entitlements, and resources available to your child can be challenging. There is a wide variety of resources available to students and their families, but many times, you have to know about them in order to fully take advantage of them. Whether you are new to the IEP or have been working with an IEP team for many years, it is a constantly growing and changing environment. In Connecticut, there are a number of organizations and resources available. Below, you will find links to several key documents on the rights of children in need of extra care. If your district is unable to fulfill these requirements within the district, your child is entitled to be transferred out of district to a school like the Transition Academy of Mount St. John’s, which can provide these cutting-edge transition services.