This is a sad story and I understand that the parents feel hurt. Our local newspaper didn’t include my daughter’s special needs class when they had pictures of all of the Kindergartners and it hurt our feelings.
Darla Granger said her sons Holden and Hunter were purposely left out of their Roseville, Calif., school yearbook — along with the rest of the school’s special needs children.
“When your own school district and the people that are supposed to be there to support you and your kids and your situation sort of shun you, it is hurtful,” Granger said.
Holden and Hunter Granger, who are in second grade, are students of the Placer County Board of Education, which assigns special-need students to various schools within the district.The boys are in a collage photo in the yearbook, but the school’s special needs class, including teachers, is missing.”I got the book and was excited to look up their class and see their pictures with their names and their teachers, and they weren’t in it,” Granger said.
From reading the response from the Placer County School Superintendent, I can’t tell if this is a new problem or not. I assume these classes have been in past issues of the annual???
“We take pride in the care and instruction of special needs students in our county,” Placer County Superintendent Gayle Garbolino-Mojica states. “It is my understanding that a school parent volunteer coordinated the yearbook, and omitted the class photo page of Placer County Office of Education’s students enrolled in the Autistic Spectrum Disorder Program located at Quail Glen Elementary School.”
Mark Geyer, Superintendent of Dry Creek Joint Elementary School District, expressed concern about the unfortunate oversight, assuring the parents that “it was not intentional.”
Placer County Superintendent Garbolino-Mojica said the Placer County Office of Education is addressing the issue by developing an appropriate plan to include photos in yearbooks of all special needs students in the county’s 18 districts. “Placer County Office of Education stands on our record of being leaders in the region in the area of autism. We have a model program that therapeutically addresses the needs of special education students. We have built, and will continue to build, state-of-the-art classrooms in conjunction with school districts, including Dry Creek, to provide the appropriate and necessary education to students and their families,” she said.
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