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Short Notice

  • Posted on October 28, 2013 at 10:00 AM

I got a call last week. I received the message on Wednesday. It was a request to have Will’s IEP on Thursday. I was too busy to call back, which meant I was way too busy to attend an IEP meeting with a single day’s notice.

Today, I have Alex’s IEP. It was scheduled back when we were having an FBA meeting. Today, I also called to schedule Will’s IEP. It won’t be for tomorrow. I’m not sure when it will be. I had to leave a message.

My co-author, Vaughn K. Lauer, told me that, legally speaking, they’re supposed to give 10 days’ notice. That sounds fair. One day’s notice is not the least bit fair.

There are reasons for urgent meetings, of course. But an IEP meeting shouldn’t be urgently scheduled because the deadline is coming up. It should be a carefully planned process. Everyone should have time to prepare. That means you and me get time to prepare, too. Parents are a vital part of the IEP team.

Don’t let the school push you into an urgent meeting. You have time. Give yourself time to prepare. You’ll need it!