|The LEA or AEA must ensure that the IEP team for each child with a disability includes the following:
- The parents of the child;
- At least one general education teacher of the child if the child is, or may be, participating in the general education environment;
- At least one special education teacher of the child or, where appropriate, at least one special education provider of the child;
- An LEA representative who:
- Is qualified to provide, or supervise the provision of, specially designed instruction to meet the unique needs of children with disabilities;
- Is knowledgeable about the Iowa Core Curriculum; and
- Is knowledgeable about the availability of resources of the public agency.
- An individual who can interpret the instructional implications of evaluation results
- At the discretion of the parent or the agency, other individuals who have knowledge or special expertise regarding the child, including related services personnel as appropriate; and
- Whenever appropriate, the child with a disability.
NOTE: A person may serve in more than one role. For example, the special education teacher may also be the LEA representative, or the person who can interpret evaluation results.
The IEP Team
|IEP Team Member Attendance
A member of the IEP team is not required to attend the IEP team meeting. The parent of a child with a disability and the LEA/AEA must agree, in writing, that the attendance of the member is not necessary because their area of the curriculum or related service is not being modified or discussed in the meeting.
A member of the IEP team may be excused from attending an IEP meeting during which a modification of the member’s area of the curriculum or related services will be discussed if:
- The parent, in writing, and the LEA/AEA consent to the excusal; and
- The member submits, in writing, to the parent and the IEP team, input into the development of the IEP prior to the meeting.
Agreement to Excuse Attendance at IEP Meeting
|Documenting Meeting Notice
||The LEA or AEA must document attempts to set a mutually agreed upon time and place for an IEP meeting with parents. These records, which must be part of the child’s cumulative file, might include:
It is recommended that two attempts be made to have an IEP meeting with parents attending. It is important that if a parent does not attend either of the first two scheduled meetings those meetings should be cancelled.
- Detailed records of telephone calls made or attempted and the results of those calls;
- Copies of correspondence (including meeting notices) sent to the parents and any responses received; and
- Detailed records of visits made to the parent’s home or place of employment and the results of those visits.
If the parents do not attend either of the first two scheduled meeting a third meeting notice should be sent and the IEP meeting held even if the parents do not attend.
Make sure that the attempts to notify parents of each IEP meeting are documented in the child’s cumulative file.
|Methods of Meeting Participation
|If neither parent is able to attend the IEP meeting in person, they may participate through:
- ICN (Iowa Communication Network),
- Video conferencing (Polycom),
- Web Cam, or
- Conference call.