Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Sample Letter: Request for Initial Assessment

Sample Letter
Request for an Initial Assessment
for Special Education Eligibility

Parent/Guardian’s name
City, State, Zip Code
Daytime Telephone

______________(Principal or Special Education Director)
Local School District
City, State, Zip Code

Dear _______________
I am the parent of__________ who is in the ___ grade at ____________(school). I am requesting a comprehensive assessment in all areas related to suspected disability to determine whether _______is eligible for special education and/or related services either under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (including the Other Health Impairment category) or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
I am requesting this assessment because __________________(be specific). The following interventions and accommodations have already been tried. (list interventions such as seating assignments, quiet area to take tests, etc.) However, my student continues to struggle in school with___________. If applicable add: ____________ has been diagnosed with__________ by __________(professional).
It is my understanding that I will hear back from you in writing within 15 days of this request.
I look forward to hearing from you and working with you and your staff.

Your name

cc: include others who you think might need to know about your request

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Statement of Ethics for California School Administrators


Statement of Ethics

A management, supervisory or confidential school employee's behavior must conform to an ethical code. The code must be idealistic and at the same time practical, so that it can apply reasonable to all. The professional acknowledges that the schools belong to the public they serve for the purpose of providing educational opportunities to all and provides professional leadership in the school and community. This responsibility requires standards of exemplary professional conduct. It must be recognized that the professional's actions will be viewed and appraised by the community, associates, and students. To these ends, the professional subscribes to the following statements of standards.

The management, supervisory, confidential school employee:
  • Makes the well-being of students the fundamental element in all decision making and actions.
  • Fulfills professional responsibilities with honesty and integrity.
  • Supports the principle of due process and equal treatment under the law.
  • Obeys local, state, and national laws and does not knowingly join or support organizations that advocate, directly or indirectly, the overthrow of the government.
  • Implements the governing board of education's policies and administrative rules and regulations.
  • Pursues appropriate measures to correct those laws, policies, and regulations that are not consistent with sound educational goals.
  • Avoids using positions for personal gain through political, social, religious, economic, or other influence.
  • Accepts academic degrees or professional certification used in relationship with professional responsibilities only from duly accredited institutions.
  • Maintains the standards and seeks to improve the effectiveness of the profession through research and continuing professional development.
  • Honors all contracts until fulfillment or release.
  • Seeks to involve the public and keep them honestly informed.
  • Recommends the employment, development, promotion, and retention of the best possible personnel to assure a quality education program.