August 1, 2013
What To Do About IEP No-Shows
You do have recourse if some members do not show up at your IEP meeting. Use this sample letter to help prevent it from happening again:
Your return address
RE: [name IEP, date]
Dear [IEP team leader or supervisor who has power to resolve the problem]:
At my child’s IEP meeting on [date], some team members were not present. [See attachments.*] I received a Meeting Notice on [date] that included the names of team members who would attend our IEP meeting, and I was surprised and disappointed when these members did not attend. With these members absent, the team did not have their information or advice.
It is my understanding that if a team member’s area would be discussed, that person was required to attend or submit a written report to the team and the parent ahead of time. And further, before a team member can be excused, the school must agree and the parent must give written consent. Am I correct in my understanding?
Since we discussed [topic], I believe that Mr./Mrs. ___________’s absence unfortunately prevented the team from developing an IEP that meets my child’s needs. So at this time I am requesting another team meeting and I would like all IEP team members to attend.
Thank you for your kind consideration of my concern.
Enc. IEP Meeting Notice, IEP Signature Page
* Include a copy of Meeting Notice that lists names of attendees and the signature page from the meeting as proof.