An “unacceptable” situation: their sons with disabilities are left out of their school in Fréjus

“I am I no longer have the energy but I am fighting to recognize my child’s disability and he will evolve in good condition “, breathed Amélie, tired. This medical secretary of the intercommunal hospital center in Fréjus-Saint-Raphaël holds the Geva-Sco file (school evaluation of disabled children) of her child in her hands. He left it, disappointed: “It says it all: Naël is in the middle section of kindergarten and has a level of a student in the small section. He doesn’t know his first name, it’s hard to understand the instructions that go on”. He insisted, “He really needs the fellow man, if he’s not sure he’s going to fail”. Her four-year-old son, who attended Honoré de Balzac kindergarten in Saint-Aygulf for two years, has a language delay and a psychomotor disability that hinders his learning. It is not “not autistic or hyperactive. He doesn’t fit in any box and is harder for us”, said his mother.

If Naël benefited from the help of a partner for a child with a disability (AESH) for nine hours per week in his first year of school in 2020-2021, he is now “left to himself”. “I made my file and received an MDPH notification (request for companion person validated at the department house for disabled people) in 2020. Naël was assisted until last September. The AESH assigned to him was mobilized to take care of another student who is considered a priority this year “, detail of the Fréjusienne.

This association allowed Naël to gain autonomy and sociality. Since then, the student level has returned: “he fell. And if he didn’t have a partner, he wouldn’t go to school”.

Appeal before the administrative court

Kaelan, 3, is in a small section of kindergarten, similar to her friend’s situation. She showed cutaneous and ocular albinism that disrupted her daily life. “He sees very little and needs help reading. You also have to watch him at the toy and wear his sunscreen, his anti-UV t-shirt, if it doesn’t risk second-degree burns.”, details his mother Cindy, 35, a home health aide in Fréjus. But again, hard to win. Since the start of the school year, his son has had to take care of himself without his teacher or the Atsem (assistant teacher in kindergarten classes). “The sector disability counselor suggested that I ask the school cleaner to watch over her, it was unreasonable. I was hesitant to stop working to take care of Kaelan. I had no way, but I would do it for her. ‘I didn’t want to. that he was not in school. The school contributed to his development “. Currently, the two mothers are still struggling: letters of academic inspection, to the Ministry of National Education…

They intend to seize the administrative court in summary proceedings. “I want the Minister of National Education to open his eyes. Wanting to include students with disabilities in the classes of their classmates is good. But you have to have a way to do that”Cindy’s hammer. “Now, this measure has the opposite effect, instead of being integrated, these kids feel more different”.

Demands are growing

Aurélie Salel, director of aygulfoise elementary school, where Naël and Kaelan were educated, admitted to noticing an increase in MDPH notifications over “a few years”, while the amount of AESH she could use was declining. Today, 2 out of 6 students do not have a support person in their establishment.

“We do it the way we have. When a child with AESH was not present, we asked his or her teacher to take care of another student. “, The manager regretted. But the teacher did not “no decision -making power”.

On the other hand, he reported these problems to a referent teacher at the Inclusive Center for Localized Support (PIAL) who would immediately contact the Directorate of Departmental Services for National Education in Var (DSDEN). Franck Jean, director of elementary school in Eucalyptus, Villeneuve district, is the PIAL referent for several Frejus schools this year, including Honoré-de-Balzac. According to him, at least 5 students with disabilities out of 20 do not have AESH in the sector, despite their notification to MDPH. ” Some children have severe disabilities. It is also difficult for teachers who do not have enough training to support these students “, He recounted.

For him, increased finances and better recognition of the work involved will encourage the recruitment of these contract agents. Currently, the latter only works an average of 20 hours per week for about 800 euros per month and also receives the necessary training to identify and adapt to various disabilities.

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