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Interim IEPs

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Explanation

When the IEP team determines that it is necessary to temporarily provide special education, support and related services to an eligible individual an interim IEP may be developed.

Interim IEPs must meet the same requirements that all IEPs must meet. IEP teams cannot use interim IEPs to circumvent these requirements.

Interim IEPs may only be used for students who have already been determined to be eligible for special education services.

When can an Interim IEP be used?

Interim IEPs may be used to  temporarily provide special education and related services in the following situations:
  • As part of the evaluation process, before the IEP is finalized, to aid in determining the appropriate services for the individual.  
  • When an eligible individual has moved from one LEA:
    • and a copy of the current IEP is not available; or
    • either the LEA, AEA, or the parent believes that the current IEP is not appropriate; or
    • additional information is needed before a final decision can be made regarding the specific special education and related services that are needed.

During the IEP Meeting

IEP teams shall take the following actions when developing an Interim IEP:
  • Set out the specific conditions and timelines for the temporary service.  An interim IEP shall not be in place for more than 30 school days.
  • Ensure that the parents agree to the interim service before it is carried out and that they are involved throughout the process of developing, reviewing, and revising the individual’s IEP.
  • Set a specific timeline for completing the evaluation and making judgments about the appropriate services for the individual.
  • Conduct an IEP meeting at the end of the Interim IEP in order to finalize the individual’s IEP

IEP teams must follow the same process as they would for the development of any IEP when developing an Interim IEP.

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Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on March 31, 2015 at 10:40am.