By Kristin Stanberry
An Individualized Education Program (IEP) team includes several people, including you. Learn about who’s on the team and what role each person plays.
Kristin Stanberry is a writer and editor specializing in parenting, education and consumer health/wellness.
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What do you do when the school has an IEP without the parent? This is in Michigan.
Hi StillLearning6. Thanks for your question. IDEA’s provisions are intended to ensure that parents have every opportunity to attend the IEP meeting. If parents cannot attend the IEP meeting, the school is required to use “other methods to ensure parent participation, including individual or conference telephone calls” and other alternative means such as video conferences. For more information: www.parentcenterhub.org/.../
If all these people suppose to attend then what should I do when I make it my business to attend my son's IEP renewal meeting and a teacher or someone that is suppose to attend does not attend the meeting. Can I not go forward with the meeting? Can I suggest for everyone to be there? Like the same way I had to get approval from my job to take off to attend this meeting, shouldn't they do the same too? Please advise.
The first four people listed--parents, a general education teacher, a special education teacher, and an administrator--are required by law to be at every IEP meeting, as are related service providers if their part of the program is to be discussed or modified. If this is not going to happen, parents and the school are supposed to agree in writing that this is okay. And, the excused member ahould submit relevant information or feedback in writing for the team to consider. If you get to the table and someone isn't there and you weren't expecting it, you definitely have the right to ask for them to be there or to reschedule the meeting. Here's a link to the information in IDEA (the federal special education law) that can back up that position: idea.ed.gov/.../,root,dynamic,TopicalBrief,9,
If my child is assigned a Service Coordinator from the local Disability and Special Needs Board should that person be attending IEP meetings
It is important that all players regarding the overall needs of the child be included in the IEP. If the child and the child's family are receiving services from the local Disability and Special Needs Board. If they are receiving services from the local board they have a Service Coordinator assigned to them. If this is the case the Service Coordinator needs to attend that meeting.
@pkny: It's so unfortunate that it's been such a struggle. I'm relieved to know that you found a teacher who is supportive and that you are heading in the right direction We here at Understood are working to reach millions of parents like you who need support for their kids. Please consider signing up for our Understood Community, where parents get support and give support. And experts are always on hand, too. You're not alone. https://www.understood.org/en/community-events/groups
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