IEP Meeting: NOTIFICATION

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Tracey:  Does the school have to send to the parent a written notification of when the IEP is and who will attend? If so what is the time frame in which they need to do this.

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Celeste

As a related services provider, I am by law not a required attendee of IEP/ARD meetings. In one of my school districts, I have twice been purposely not invited to meetings in which my service (music therapy) has been dismissed from the student’s IEP. I was not asked for a progress report or any other documentation. I have received no written notification of the termination of my service. For the first, a diagnostician was entering the school at the same time I was and said something like… I forgot to tell you that you should stop seeing X child, effective immediately. For the second, a teacher informed me that a child’s service would end with the school year. Do I have the right to let the parents know that I was left in the dark about meetings at which my service was dismissed?

Chuck

I work for the TX parent training & information center, & was a TX special ed director, & may be able to assist you. cnoe59@hotmail.com

Paul

Hi. I am a sped teacher and over the years we have been told that if you make three documented attempts to contact the parent for an IEP meeting and the parent does not reply we were able to go head with the meeting and then send a draft home once the meeting is complete. Now, I am being told that I can send as many letters home with the student, send as many e-mails or make as many phones calls and these will not count. I have been told this would count only if you send it through the mail. And finding a copy of IDEA is difficult and cannot find any thing under http://www.doe.virginia.gov/special_ed/regulations/state/regs_speced_disability_va.pdf
Also, I have been told that none of my attempts other than the one sent in the mail would “hold up in court.” Help me!!! 🙂

Chuck

If this is not addressed in your state rules, or district policy, then it appears that it is someone’s opinion. You can try contacting staff in your state education agency, or your state parent training and information project. http://www.parentcenterhub.org/find-your-center

Susan

Can a referral meeting continue after the parent has left the meeting? The LEA rep (assistant principal) and regular education teacher told EC teacher to make changes on referral form. There was some incorrect information and this was later resolved and discussed with the parent through a formal referral meeting. Can a principal instruct the EC teacher to make changes without the parent present?

Renee

All the people that I had asked our resource teacher to invite to attend IEP meeting either couldn’t come or at the last minute had an emergency and couldn’t make it. One invited person, the counselor never even showed up. I felt like questions went unanswered. I had questions for the counselor and dual enrollment coordinator. The general education teacher, who substituted for the teacher who could not come, was clearly put there as a distraction because she is chatty and tried to distract. I feel like crying because it was another IEP meeting where all they wanted was my signiature. Goals were written from assessments of which I was not given prior to meeting. I received the draft the night before the IEP. Goals adressed transition and not reading/language deficits.

Pam

What if the school “forgets” and the student does not receive their IEP by the end of the school year?

Jill G

Tracey –

Yes, the school MUST send the parent notice of Team meetings.

The notice must include the purpose, time, and location of the meeting, and who will be in attendance. It also must discuss the parent’s right to invite other individuals to the meeting.

IDEA, the federal special education law, does not list a specific time frame for sending this notice. The school, however, must send the notice, “early enough to ensure that they [the parent] will have an opportunity to attend.” See the IDEA regulations at §300.322.

Although IDEA does not include a specific time frame, your state may specify one (either through regulations or policy) – so be sure to check. Your local parent center can help you with this (http://www.parentcenterhub.org/find-your-center/).

Chuck

Yes. The timeline for notices is set by the state. Your state parent training & information project can assist you. http://www.parentcenterhub.org/find-your-center/