Is this a full day of school? My child has a mental health and physical condition. Attendance is a problem due to his condition. I'm researching options. He attends a school in Cumberland Valley — would they accept him?

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Tracy Jennings, Works at Noodle and here to help!

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Yes, it is — the hours of Buehrle Alternative Education School run 7:45am – 2:45pm, a full school day. You can contact Buehrle administrative office at (717) 291-6232 if you have further questions.

Are you familiar with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)? It ensures that public schools are responsible for meeting any students’ IEP (Individualized Education Plan), for all students, regardless of age or disability. However, the school may or may not have adequate resources already in place. Some districts, as is the case here, have a school dedicated to serving students with similar needs. If your home district school in Cumberland Valley does not have the resources readily available, you may need to discuss options in other district schools with your local school administrators. This chart by National Center for Learning Disabilities breaks down your options in a clear way.

The IDEA data center has liaisons in each state whom you can contact for help — you can find your state here. You can also see where complaints have been filed on this advocacy website.

Finally, you might be interested in checking out Noodle’s resources on learning disabilities, where you can read articles written by experts and questions from other people who are in a similar position to your own.

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