Support a Child's Right to Receive Special Education Services in their Private School

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The Parents, Teachers and Friends of the private school students with IEP’s (Individualized Education Plans) in the Ballston Spa School District in NY are filing this petition, this 28th day of May in 2016 regarding their new Special Education Services policy.  It has come to our attention that the Ballston Spa School District is changing their existing policy regarding how they provide Special Education Services to the private school children in their district.  They plan to provide bus transportation to all of these students to and from their school to receive the services they need for the 2016-2017 school year.  This issue is important because it affects any child at Malta Montessori, Spa Christian & St. Mary’s with IEP’s that have been legally proven to need services by NYS law. 

Because of this policy change by Ballston Spa, these students will have their day/days interrupted by having to climb on a bus to ride up to 15 minutes each way to and from Ballston Spa School to receive their services.  These services include Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Special Education, Counseling, etc.  There are many students who receive more than one of these services.  By busing these children instead of providing therapies at their school they are spending up to 30 minutes on a bus per day, which takes away extremely valuable learning time from them and disrupts their day.   They will need to make up the classroom lessons they miss during this travel time.  This equates to about 10% of their educational time allocated in one day.  For students that will be receiving services daily that is about 2 ½ hours per week that will be taken away from time learning in the classroom.  This is absolutely unacceptable. 

It is questionable how the Ballston Spa Central School District will save money by bussing these children from their private schools in their district.  BSCSD will need to hire bus drivers to go to three different private schools, multiple times a day, every day of the week.  They will also need to hire an aid to escort these children into the building to receive their services and then escort them back onto the bus after their services ends.  That seems to be an additional cost to BSCSD, not a savings.

The Parents, Teachers and Friends of these private school students insist that Ballston Spa School District reverse this decision immediately in the best interest of these children and their education.  Isn’t that the purpose of every school district?

Please consider signing this petition in support of these children.  They face enough challenges without being pulled out of their classroom for an extra 30 minutes a day to ride a bus which provides no educational value at all. 

Thank you very much or your consideration and support!

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