I want to ask for an IEP meeting at my daughter’s school. I don’t want to be put off like I have been in the past.
If a parent requests an IEP meeting, does the meeting have to be held within 10 days. Is this correct? I could not find a reference to it in IDEA 2004.
IDEA, the federal law and implementing regulations do not include a timeline for an IEP meeting when parents request a meeting to review or revise their child’s IEP.
There are timelines relating to evaluations for special education and eligibility meetings.
Your state regulations may have a timeline about parent requests for an IEP meeting. Or, there may be an opinion or guidance letter from the state that addresses the timeline.
Remember, if you made your request verbally, then you never did. If not in writing, it did not happen.
For information about what can trigger an IEP meeting:
- search your state regulations
- review IDEA (1414(D))
- review the federal regulations (300.320 – 328)
- re-read the Commentary to the federal regulations
Most state education departments post the Special Education Regulations on their website. Find your state’s website on the Directory of State Departments of Education on the Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities. http://www.yellowpagesforkids.com/help/seas.htm
If you need to request a copy of your state regulations, you’ll find contact information here as well.