What You Need for Remote IEP Meetings

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What You Need for Remote IEP Meetings

What You Need for Remote IEP Meetings | LA County Special Education

As the old school year comes to an end and the new school year looms, many parents are getting ready to deal with the yearly updates of Individualized Educational Plans. These IEP meetings have traditionally been important for parents of children with special needs, especially when accommodations change or the needs of their children are in flux. If you are preparing for a remote IEP meeting, you’ll want to make sure that you have a few things on-hand.

Last Year’s IEP

The most important thing you’ll need when you get ready for a remote IEP is a copy of the current IEP under which your child is working. You’ll want to refer to specific goals and accommodations, especially if you feel like your child is going to need more help going forward. Your district should supply you with a copy of this document during the meeting, but try to ensure that you have one of your own.

Documentation from Doctors and Therapists

You’ll also want your own documentation from doctors and therapists. If your child has a new diagnosis, make sure that you have a copy that you’re able to send over to the school. Likewise, any progress made by your child in various therapies should be submitted if you are looking to make modifications to the current document.

Student Work and Report Cards

Finally, make sure that you have copies of your child’s work and report cards. These documents can show progress or a lack thereof, so they’ll be crucial for making modifications or even keeping current services. Again, the school should also have these – but if you are trying to make a point, you’ll want to have your own copies.

It’s always good to go to even a remote IEP meeting prepared. Make sure that you know your goals and have a firm idea of what constitutes your child’s best interests. Having the right paperwork and knowing the right things to say can go a long way towards improving your child’s educational experience.

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