I visited the Middle School the other day with my nonverbal son on the autism spectrum along with his male aide. I had the enrollment papers mailed to me to expedite this procedure and be prepared for the visit with my list of questions.
The person at the Attendance Office noticed my two page typed out document entitled Questions for Mioddle School, mentioning how organized I was. After we left that office we were directed to the Counselor's office. Once they realized my son has an IEP we were sent to the Bridge Coordinator. This is the person I will be in contact regarding IEP issues.
I had both IEPs for their office. The triennial in May with the due process IEP naming their school in June. The aide learned of a meeting taking place the day prior to school starting next week. We had a tour of the school, seeing the lunch area, gym building, classroom from outside and restroom facility close by. We finished at the Main office giving them the aides information.
This is the list of questions I asked the Bridge Coordinator:
Teacher name –
# of kids in class –
# of adults in class
Name and ext # for SLP, Adapt PE and OT
Name of Bridge Coordinator
Do they go to library and computer room – how often, where is it
Time for PE, how often, how long
Do you need extra sneakers for PE
Do you need socks for PE or keep same ones on?
Do socks have to be all white?
What is lockdown policy
What is discipline of special ed students policy
When and where is assembly
Phone in classroom
Bathroom in classroom
Lockers in classroom
Daily communication notebook
Where is the bus location
Where does toileting for those with diapers on take place
What is policy when aide on break and lunch
What is policy when aide is out sick for bus
How often is art, music and science – in separate rooms
Which subjects are with general ed classes
Field trips – how often and where in the past
I have previously written two articles at my site that are checklists for visiting classrooms.
Classroom Visitation Checklist - this is for the younger years, including preschool
Visiting Middle School Autism Classes - this is the list I had when I visited some other schools during Spring Break.