COOPER IS STAYING AT SIBLEY!!
We requested a mediation with our school district (a special meeting where a mediator from outside the district is brought in to help us all come to an agreement). Our only dispute was on placement, as we have always felt our team has done a great job on inclusion and goals and services for Cooper.
Anyways, after a few hours we were all able to come to the decision that the best place for Coop was at his current neighborhood school.
We are so incredibly relieved.
Of course, it isn't a perfect solution. The program Cooper is currently in is still moving (and we still think it is an awful decision that our school board has made) but we think patching together services for Coop from the programs remaining at his school is still a better, less disruptive, option for him. (He will receive services from the special education classroom that stays at Sibley, as well as from the resource room.)
Four months of worry is over. And I can't help but think this all could have been done so differently. If this was the only option the school district was willing to consider (which it really was) then I wish they had come to each of us 4 families that were to be affected and discussed options, like the one we finally settled on for Coop. A "let's work together to find the best solution" approach for our child, rather than the "we know what is best for you and this is it" approach that we were given. When we are only talking about 4 kids/families, it seems like the considerate thing to do. At the very least, I think a lot of stress and hard feelings could have been avoided.
But, it is done and over. We are thrilled Coop will stay where he is. We know it is the best decision for him and our family.
Thank you for supporting us through all of this! All the messages of support, phone calls, ideas, and emails. You guys were so amazing. Coop is one blessed little man. Thank you!