A mother has told of her shock after learning her autistic daughter had been removed from her school counselor’s office, and transferred to a private school in Cumberland County.
The woman, who asked not to be identified because she fears reprisals for speaking out, said she was shocked to learn the woman who had worked as the counselor for the Cumberland Central High School was now working at another school.
She told CBC News that the school counselor was her only option for an autistic student who had been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome.
“I was really upset,” the woman said.
“I just couldn’t believe it.”
According to a spokesperson for Cumberland Community Schools, the school is not part of the Autism Spectrum Disorder Association, but the school did agree to allow a member of the association to work at the Cumberlands Central High.
However, the spokesperson told CBC that the Cumberlander Community School Board is in the process of contacting the Cumberlanders Community Council, which is a board that oversees Cumberland Schools, to determine whether the school has been placed on the Autism Services Alliance list of public schools that do not meet the criteria.
The spokesperson said the school does not believe it is on the autism services list, and that they are working with Cumberland School District officials to address the matter.
The school’s principal told CBC the school had “not been given a list of schools that are not currently on the ASD Alliance list, or any other list.”
The spokesperson added that the district has had no communication from the school administration regarding the matter since the school was placed on that list in June.
“We do have some concerns with the school’s behavior in the past,” the spokesperson said.
The Cumberland Public Schools spokesperson told the CBC that there was no other information to share regarding the school, and said the issue was being reviewed.CBC News reached out to Cumberland High School and the Cumberville-based Cumberland CUSD for comment, but received no response.”
The school has not been given any list of other schools that have not met the ASD-ACT criteria, or a list indicating if any other schools have been placed there.”
The Cumberland Public Schools spokesperson told the CBC that there was no other information to share regarding the school, and said the issue was being reviewed.CBC News reached out to Cumberland High School and the Cumberville-based Cumberland CUSD for comment, but received no response.