I found out the week before break that most likely, The Boy’s pilot program for “high functioning” autistic middle schoolers will not be extended into the high school, as we were previously encouraged to believe.
So now what?
He is currently bussed across the district for his program, and has a community of friends in and out of the program. If they do not extend it into the high school, he will have to go to high school here in his own community, where he knows absolutely no one, and if the high school over here is anything like the middle school was… Let’s just say that’s not going to happen.
The Man and I have been looking to buy property and build a house out towards The Boy’s school anyway, but so far have not been in the right place at the right time to make that happen. Moving out that way would make his current school his home school, and the high school I’d like him to go to his home school, as well, but we’ll just have to wait and see. And unfortunately, we only have another year to make all of this happen.
And then I begin to think, “Could I make homeschooling work with a full-time work schedule? Maybe with the help of Grammy?…” I think I’d be killing myself to make it happen, and The boy would miss out big-time on socialization with NT peers, but I’m not ruling it out.
Part of me is saying, “Well, maybe there are decent schools in Florida, where we want to move eventually, and maybe we should fast-forward the timeline…”
Being forced to make major life decisions like this because a school district can’t do the right thing and commit to the needs of its students really bites.
It’s definitely a hard decision, because your kiddo has a network of friends. We have always homeschooled, and I would feel the same as you if I had to put him in public school – he has an established network of friends in the homeschool community.
I hope the answer presents itself to you soon.
Thanks for your kind thoughts. Transition of any kind is hard for our kiddos, and to lose access to your whole network is not something I want him to face. But we got some hopeful news today, so keep us in your thoughts!
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