What To Do About IEP No-Shows


August 1, 2013

What To Do About IEP No-Shows 


All members of your IEP team must attend the meeting.

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.


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