Julie: We received written notice of the schools intention to hold an ARD meeting for my daughters IEP. Neither my husband nor I were available on that date at the stated time. I requested in writing a different time for that day or any other day that same week or the following week.
The special education coordinator responded saying that my daughters plan expired thus the meeting had to happen prior to that date. I reiterated our flexibility for any other time and asked why the plan expired, since we had written her most current plan only 6 months ago. It should be good through May 2017, I stated in my written message.
I received no answer to my question about the expiration, however, the special-education Coordinator sent over a number of other dates into mid January. I responded with the specific dates that work for both my husband and me.
Yesterday, I received a phone call that the team had held the ARD meeting without me and my husband on the original date and time which we had stated was unacceptable because we could not attend. They did modify my daughters IEP.
However, since we were not in attendance, we could not waive the five day wait therefore we have five days from yesterday to dispute the IEP. Unfortunately, they will only release the IEP to us via mail which will likely take longer than five days.
What are my options to dispute and file a grievance about how this was handled?
Technically, they can hold the ARD meeting without the parents in attendance. However we did state our intention to attend and requested that the time be changed, which they did not accommodate.