There is a ride at Knott's Berry Farm called the Boomerang. Follow the link to see it in action if you want. (It wouldn't let me embed.) I feel like I have been stuck on a boomerang like ride since about April. At one point a rider says, "Which way are we going?"
In April, during an IEP meeting for my middle, I was informed that another local elementary would be offering a 6th grade program for the 2011-2012 school year. Out here, 6th grade is grouped into the middle school. I am scared to death and worried about her success. It's a jungle in there. At my interest, I quickly put her name in. And let the ride begin: Keep your hands and arms in at all times and enjoy your ride. Riders, prepare to launch!
May: I was told she was in the program! Yippee! Except...she really wasn't. So got put on the waiting list. And if anyone back out, she was first on the list. I was called the first week in June. She was in! This time for real. I just needed to go to the district office to get an inter-district transfer. No problem. After all it was just a formality. It must be. I was instructed to go to the 6th grade orientation. That's an hour of my life I will never get back! *Ahem* So I turned in the paper work and the lady at the district office thought I was nuts/stupid or both. I mean I must be...why else would I be putting my 6th grader into an elementary school?? How can you work for the district and not know one of the schools is doing a 6th grade program??? Ahem. I turned in the necessary request, still getting the vibe that I was the stupid one and that I should have turned in the request in February. Pretty amazing considering I didn't know the program existed until APRIL! I digress. About a week later I got a notice that she was denied from the program because it was impacted. What the what? I was just mad. I was told she was in. In retrospect I should have called someone but I simply did not know what to do and she was set up for the middle school in case things fell through.
I began receiving emails for the middle school and no longer for the elementary school and decided it was for the best. Things felt good that way. She expressed to me that she wanted to be with her friends anyway. Good for her for opening up to me! Life was good. Well that was because we were in the pause of the ride.
In the last week we have been stuck on the roller coaster. Not allowed to get off of it. I received an email from the middle school July 27 that informed registration was coming the following week, but no further contact was made and I had no idea when to take her. Then while looking at their website, I learned I had missed it. So I took her the next the day, only to discover that she was not in their system but in the elementary schools. Fine whatever. Let's just get this over with. But Later. I am done.
By the time we go to the elementary school with all the necessary paper work signed and ready, school is just 3 days away. She is in the system but the inter-district transfer still stands. I suggest faxing the request. She takes it one step further and takes it to the principal to find out exactly what is going on. He makes some calls.
Emily has an IEP which where the problem is. This is where the impaction is and they do not have room. And the middle school is just saying she is not their system. Well if you ask me, a student means money. Correct me if I am wrong. Because, I do not wish to sound stupid. But they both should be fighting for her. MONEY! I haven't been fighting hard enough but today I will. If I have to stand over the staff while they create her schedule today I will. I regret ever messing with this program in the first place. I feel like this whole mess is my fault. And poor Emily is caught in the middle of it. Feeling like she doesn't belong anywhere. Well Mama Bear is stepping in now. I am growling. And I am swatting my paws. Watch out.
I am participating in Shell's Pour Your Heart Out.