Rochester, MI asked in Education Law for Michigan

Q: My child's teacher keeps asking me about his therapy and medication stuff. I don't know what more I can do

My son is ADHD and ODD. I have changed doctors due to the doctor not willing to try a different medication. I am now trying to get in to see a child psychiatrist. Every time he goes to school I get an email asking when he has therapy and when they may consider putting him on medication. It has been a hassle trying to get an appt and its worse with the school breathing down my neck.

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Kimberly Winslow
Kimberly Winslow
  • Education Law Lawyer
  • Natick, MA

A: Teachers and school administration cannot require you to put your child on prescription medication. It is okay for the teacher to let you know what they see in the classroom with respect to behaviors, etc. However, if the teacher is that concerned that she is calling you daily, and your son is not already receiving special education and related services, you may consider requesting an evaluation. If he is already receiving special education, then you may consider reconvening the team to discuss additional supports that can be put in place until new medications have been sorted out. You may also consider talking to the school principal regarding this issue.

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