The meeting notice provides critical details about the meeting environment the meeting notice is an important tool for parents to understand because it can support them in having a successful IEP (Individualized Education Program) meeting. The meeting notice provides critical details about the meeting environment that can significantly impact the parents’ ability to meaningfully participate in their child’s IEP meeting.
About IEP Meeting Notices
The meeting notice must indicate the meeting’s purpose, time, and location and who will attend. The school team is required to take steps to ensure parental attendance, including scheduling the meeting at a mutually agreed upon time and place. It is critical that parents carefully review all of this information before signing this document and returning it to the school.
Here are some key things to consider:
- Are all required team members listed? It is important to ensure that all individuals on the IEP team who have knowledge or special expertise about the child attend the meeting. It is also critical to ensure that the assigned District Program Specialist/Coordinator is part of the IEP meeting if there is a need to review district-wide requests or if there are questions that may require district personnel input.
- Are interpreter services needed? If you need an American Sign Language (ASL) or other language interpreter to participate in the IEP meeting, one must be provided at no expense to you.
- Intent to audio record? Parents may use an audio recorder to record an IEP meeting, even without the school district’s permission, as long as the parents give the school district 24 hours’ notice in writing of their intention.
RCOC has an Educational Consult Resource Group that can provide parents with support and expertise regarding their educational concerns. To schedule a phone or video consultation, contact your RCOC Service Coordinator.