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Donna:  Is there a legal requirement for how soon the committee convenes when an emergency ARD is requested?

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08/13/2020 10:17 am

I have a teacher that did not request technology last year for this school year in regards to virtual learning. The child is in a self contained unit. They have been put on the list to receive one but the teacher feels the student should be bumped to the front of the line because he has special needs. The teacher is now saying that he will call an ARD to request one. The child does not qualify for assistive technology – I told the teacher he simply just needs to wait to get his assigned technology like everyone else. School has not started yet. Was I correct in saying this?

09/05/2019 5:24 pm

What if it’s the parent requesting an emergency ARD, what is the time limit?

09/06/2019 12:50 pm
Reply to  Darlene

In TX there is no time limit on when the school must set an IEP/ARD meeting. When a parent makes a written request a district must:
schedule a meeting; or within five school days, provide the parent with written notice explaining why the district refuses to convene a meeting.

02/10/2020 1:54 pm
Reply to  Chuck

I made an emergency ARD request on SAturday for a Monday meeting. How long do they have to schedule the meeting? They’re saying they can’t do it on Monday.

02/10/2020 2:55 pm
Reply to  Lisa

You can still contact the principal, &/or special ed director to try to arrange a meeting to discuss your concerns. Many issues can be addressed without an ARD/IEP meeting. Even if this does not happen, you can document in writing your efforts to work with the district. I work for the TX Parent Training & Information project. I or our staff person for your area can assist you. http://www.//

02/11/2020 10:09 am
Reply to  Lisa

Even if you made the request on a Saturday, they wouldn’t receive it until Monday as schools are closed on the weekend. Expecting a same day meeting seems unreasonable to gather all the necessary participants for an IEP.

11/08/2016 2:58 pm

In TX parents must be given 5 school days notice before an ARD/IEP meeting, unless they agree to a shorter notice.