Our school divides the intervention specialist’s time for each class period between 2 classrooms. The specialist is only working with my child for half the class period. Or, the specialist divides her time by spending only 2 days a week in a class.
My daughter is not getting the full benefit of the help outlined in her IEP.
Does the school district have full discretion with the schedule or are they required to provide a certain amount of time in each class?
Your child’s IEP drives the services.
- What does the IEP say?
- How are the services outlined?
IDEA requires specific information about the frequency, duration, location, and projected dates for services be included in the IEP.
US Department of Education published a Model IEP Form that provides the format to record required information about services.
The frequency and duration of related services should be specific, not state as a range.
Does your child’s IEP include?…
- the date the service will begin
- the number of times per day or week
- how long, how many minutes, the service will last
- where will it be provided
- the date the service will end
Requirements for Statement of Specific Services
Learn what IDEA and the Federal Regulations (34 C.F.R. 300.320(a)(7)) require for statement of specific services in the IEP.
Turn to Chapter 4 and Chapter 5 in Wrightslaw: All About IEPs.
The school says they don’t have the amount of special needs kids to warrant a full classroom period of help.
Note: Services are not based on “what the school has,” but on your child’s individual needs.
From Chapter 5, refer to Appendix A from IDEA 1997, Question #35.
The amount of services to be provided must be stated in the IEP, so that the level of the agency’s commitment of resources will be clear to parents and other IEP team members. A range may not be used because of personnel shortages or uncertainty regarding the availability of staff.