I’ve been a special ed teacher for 25 years. I have questions about two things my Supervisor told me this year.
1. An IEP meeting cannot last more than one hour. If the time runs over, I must stop the meeting and reschedule another one.
2. No times were completed on the IEP, but I must sign it anyway.
You’ve been a sped teacher for 23 years so you’ve probably heard or been told things that you later learned were not accurate.
I’m glad you decided to check this out.
When you say the “times on the IEP were not complete,” I assume you are referring to duration of services.
Duration is the the amount of service time for special education, related services, and supplementary aids and services for the child.
The IEP is not complete until the information about services that will be provided is complete and correct.
The USDOE published a Model IEP form so people can see what should be included.
Model IEP Form
On page 3 of the Model IEP is a statement about the information that should be included for special ed, related services, and supplementary aids and services.
This information includes the date to begin, frequency, location, and duration
“The projected date for the beginning of the service3s and modifications and the anticipated frequency, location, and duration of special education and related services and supplementary aids and services and modifications and supports. 34 CFR Section 300.320(a)(7), Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition, page 245-246.
One Hour IEP Meetings
There is nothing in the law about a team ending an IEP meeting after a specific or arbitrary amount of time.
If the team is making progress, they should continue if possible.
If the team isn’t making progress, it may be a good idea to take a short break.
These decisions should be based on what is good for the child, not for administrative convenience.
Legal Requirements for IEPs: 20 U.S.C. Section 1414(d), page 99.