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Teacher1294:  What is the interpretation of the accommodation: “Copy of class notes”?

If a child’s IEP states they will be provided a copy of class notes, must those notes be provided as a hard copy or is an electronically assessable copy acceptable?

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01/11/2019 7:09 pm

What is the definition of “copy of class notes” and what exactly must the teacher provide?

01/14/2019 1:48 pm
Reply to  Lau

Your state may have a definition, but this is probably determined at the district, campus or IEP team level. Typically teams do not clarify this term, so a teacher ends up deciding what they think it means. You can try working with the IEP team or principal.

08/31/2017 1:46 pm

My student’s IEP say the same. He has vision problems so for him having to go to the teacher’s web site, download the file and print it out, is visually demanding. One teacher had a problem printing them out because she didn’t have time. I agreed to print them out, but the teacher never posted them to her page. It became a really big problem. Eventually he got the notes printed out at school, but nobody wins when you’re fight over something like paper or electronic. Like the other comment says, ask the kid. It should be about what works for them. Not a lawyer, but the law says FAPE at no cost to parents. Is your district willing to buy student a computer and printer for home to print your notes? I’m pretty sure they’ll ask you to print them out for your student.

Jill G
01/11/2016 4:03 pm

Does the IEP specify how the class notes will be provided? If not, it is probably “legally” okay to provide it in either format. But why not just ask the student what they prefer?

Electronic copies seem the best route as they can be read online, edited, printed out, etc. But the student may have barriers to accessing them in this format, like lack of consistent internet access, inability to print at home, etc. You can’t lose if you ask the student their preference!