IEP FAQs: Can an IEP Meeting be Postponed?

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Is there anything in the law that would prevent me from asking that my child’s annual IEP be postponed? The current accommodations are either not working or are not being implemented as required by certain teachers. I would like to postpone it to enable time to obtain testing results and re-work some ideas on accommodations.

The special ed case worker states that an IEP meeting cannot be postponed! That seems ridiculous.

The law says the IEP needs to be reviewed at least annually, and more often if necessary.

The IEP Team can convene, and agree to re-convene after receiving the new testing results. There is no limit to the number of IEP meetings that may be needed to create an IEP that meets your child’s needs.

A parent or teacher can request that the IEP team meet to review and revise the IEP when new information is available about the child (i.e. when new evaluations have been conducted).

The history of Public Law 94-142, now IDEA, states that “there should be as many meetings a year as a child may need.” This is from Appendix A to the IDEA regulations. There is no limit to the number of IEP meetings that may be needed to create an IEP that meets the child’s needs.

Write a letter to the school. Describe your concerns about your child’s lack of progress and your fears about his future. Request a meeting to revise his IEP after reviewing evaluation results.

Be careful about delaying too long. The sooner you develop an appropriate IEP that is meeting your child’s needs, the better. This may take more than one meeting. The law certainly allows this.

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Kimberly

My child’s SPED never did an observation at all last year (which was required in the IEP) and his grades are
now mainly D’s below from last year & so far this year. All assessments have been redone except for OT which is soon. Weaknesses were found in more detail than past years.
So, we had an IEP and the school scheduled it for 3 hours. That was enough to get through the reports but not actually make any goals or recommendations. The school called time and then won’t reschedule to complete it for 5 weeks. I’m not ok with this, but is there anything I can do to force it sooner? (Legally or according to any time deadlines?

Chuck

Possibly, depending on your state rules. You can check with the state education agency, or your state parent training and information project. http://www.parentcenterhub.org/find-your-center

Rhonda

Can an ISD delay an IEP meeting due to Summer Break?

Chuck

Possibly, depending on your state rules. You can check with the state education agency, or your state parent training and information project. http://www.parentcenterhub.org/find-your-center

Carla

help please…..

can a school district hold a meeting that lasts only 2 hours when they know at the start it will likely take 4 to 5 hours to go over all reports, services, and goals?
can they seriously make us come in 3 to 5 times for 2 hours each time and take the whole year to set the iep?

Chuck

Taking several meetings to develop an IEP is not unusual, & is allowable. Taking most of the year to develop an IEP is not. Parents have the right to use the dispute resolution processes in cases like this.

Lisa

My husband and I always attend our daughters IEP but the date they chose doesn’t work for us and the IEP is due March 20th
Are we allowed to request to postpone it?

Chuck

Yes. If they say that they cannot, refer them to: Doug C v Hawaii, https://www.wrightslaw.com/law/art/dougc.hawaii.pwanalysis.htm

Marcus

Lisa you and your husband are allowed to postpone the meeting. The school may be hesitant now because the meeting is the week after. School likely does want to make sure her IEP is up to date. Write them a letter and list some days that you are available and make sure you that put on the paper that you want them to respond within a certain amount of time.

Diane

If a student is hospitalized and their annual review IEP meeting is due, does the school hold the meeting anyway without the student present?

Monique

I just found a student eligible for special education services in a Public School in NJ. I wrote the Initial IEP to reflect a Nov. 23rd , 2017 start date to June. 20th 2018 for an end date. The question is: Can an initial IEP written as a school year IEP or does it have to be an Annual IEP therefore offering an end date of Nov. 22, 2018?

Lucia

I need help. My Son was put on Special education since he was 6 for short term memory. His elementary years went very well, the teacher will keep contact with me about meetings and special accommodations. He was doing well until Middle school started. 6th grade was fairly ok, the school only scheduled a meeting until I asked but it was done. I was not present for it, because I had to work and they only gave me like a 2 day notice. The year ended and he was promoted to 7th grade. When that year started, he was always in detention or there was always a complaint about him. I came to the school to meet with one of his teachers and I was shocked to find out that she did not know my son needed special accommodations. I need help. My son has lost 3 years and the school is not willing to help me. any advice?

Chuck

You need to learn about the dispute resolution processes. Your state parent training & information center can assist you. http://www.parentcenterhub.org/find-your-center

Mom Advocate

I’d start with your case manager. Email and inquire if the district has any timelines/policies they utilize internally when an IEP meeting is requested. If so, request a copy of the guidelines and refer to those guidelines in future correspondence.

Lori

I requested an emergency iep 5 months ago the school and the district is aware. However they will not schedule it the district can’t do anything and my sons school is a really big football school so I fortunately the school gets away with it I have a parent advocate but it just can’t be done who can I call

Chuck

You can make a complaint to the state education agency. Your state parent training & information center may be able to assist you. http://www.parentcenterhub.org/find-your-center