Yesterday, I got the call confirming that Collin won't be joining the ranks of other kids in our county heading to the first day of school today.
It wasn't a surprise, but it was still hard.
According to our contact, the "powers that be" have declared that Collin must attend school (we are requesting a mainstream classroom) on his own and be observed in order to determine whether he really needs the aide we contend is necessary. Apparently, they understand that this would be dangerous and traumatic for Collin, but it does not impact their decision.
So we will keep pushing and waiting and working. We have people rooting for us, people helping us and that means so much. And it's not any one person making this process so tortuous - it's the system. But I choose to believe that there will be a day when it doesn't take favors and lawyers and research and fighting for a kid like my son to go to school on day one with everything he needs.