[blindkid] Scheduling an IEP time

Sarah Thomas seacknit at gmail.com
Mon Feb 23 22:14:58 UTC 2015


All our IEP meetings were during the school day.  The schedule was set so that specialists did not need to miss meetings with other children and the classroom teacher had a substitute.  The necessity of conducting these meetings is known by the school.  I would think that they have funds for this.   

My worry for you setting a meeting before or after school is that it might be rushed for teachers and administrators who have other time commitments.  You need to feel that sufficient time is taken to cover all the topics that need discussion.  

All that said, if you can accommodate them, you may win some points.  If it were me and I paid for sitting and accommodated them, I would say that in the meeting—make sure everyone knows that you are accommodating them.

Sally Thomas
> On Feb 24, 2015, at 3:44 AM, Pui via blindkid <blindkid at nfbnet.org> wrote:
> Hello all,
> Wondering how you parents have scheduled an IEP time, and what our rights are as parents.
> The IEP team after saying they could accommodate my schedule to have an IEP meeting when my children are in school, are now saying they need to schedule it before or after school. I believe the change of mind came from my son's school administration because they did not want to hire a substitute for the day even though the teacher will only be gone for 90 minutes, they have to pay for a day. After agreeing to 9 am they said it had to be at 1:30 pm when the kindergarten day is done (my son is an early bird and is done at 11:50am, so I would have no childcare for him and would have to bring him which is not my preference).
> I know that legally all members of the IEP team have to be there unless I excuse them (which I don't want to). My son's school asked if his kindergarten teacher could just write a statement about him for the meeting. I said I wanted her there because she knows him well.
> Am I being unreasonable in wanting the IEP during the time my son is in school? Is the onus on me to find childcare and accommodate the school administration? I am trying to not be difficult. Also, we did have an IEP at the school last year and they did allow my chosen kindergarten teacher to come to the meeting so they must have had made arrangements. This year it seems impossible.
> Many thanks,
> Pui Burmahln
> Sent from my iPad
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