Is your school district or the IEP team quoting policy or regulation that you’ve never heard of before or don’t understand?
Here are a few of the many that pour in this time of year.
1. To observe in the classroom, the school said we had to get 24-hour prior approval from a school administrator, then they would arrange the time for observation.
2. Our School District told us that supplementary programs cannot be named in the IEP. They said the IEP had to target “underlying skills.”
3. The school administrator said that one of my students must be earning D’s or worse to qualify for an extended time accommodation on tests and quizzes through a 504 plan.
4. The school said parents couldn’t call for an IEP meeting.
5. My district says it is their policy to add language in the IEP goals, under the category of persons responsible for implementing the goals (i.e., teachers, district personnel, student, parents, family). How can a parent, family or child be expected to implement goals at school?
6. The school says a parent can’t request a particular instructor, but has to be assigned to an instructor by the school.
7. I was told in our IEP meeting today that our state law requires goals on the IEP to state the grade level. This “grade level” would be an unreachable goal for my students.
Ask to see a written copy of the school rule or policy or the “law.” Asking for a copy is not just a good idea. It can be one of your best practices for problem-solving.
In addition to asking, put your request in writing – in a letter to the school. Politely request a copy the “policy.”
You’ve heard us say this before. Unwritten school policy is no policy at all.
And remember. School “policy” does not trump the law.