Parents and Teachers are scrolling through social media, stressing out over what they need to do next in the IEP process. The rumors about signing or not signing the IEP and missed services are popping up everywhere. It's time for you to figure out what YOU need to do to move forward without feeding into the IEP frenzy.
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1. Parents Need to Sign the IEP for Changes to Happen. MAYBE. It depends on what state you live in and what type of changes are being proposed. My teaching degree is in IL and the laws in IL do NOT require any parent signature to implement changes on the IEP (with a very few exceptions). We have a funky 10 day waiver that basically tells parents, sign this for services to change now or choose not to agree and we will make the changes in 10 days, anyway. Then parents have 10 days to work things out with the IEP team.
You absolutely cannot follow the generic advice you get on social media to "not sign the IEP". Both parents and teachers need to get into the nitty-gritty of your state law to figure out how to officially make changes and what to do in a disagreement.
2. Missed Service Minutes Always Get Made Up. NOPE. First, you have to figure out if minutes have been missed. Then you have to know why. Documentation, data, and working together as an HONEST IEP team is key when reviewing services given and services missed. I can tell you from classroom experience as a Special Education Teacher, sometimes minutes were missed and sometimes minutes were more. A system for tracking both minutes and progress was crucial!
With all the recent school shutdowns, there's no way we are going to make up all the missed minutes, but that doesn't mean that lack of progress or regression is acceptable. There are creative solutions happening everywhere due to missed minutes. From private tutors being paid for by the school to students attending sessions at their local therapy office. We just have to work together to get our wheels spinning on whats the most appropriate way to move forward and get out of being stuck in a holding pattern.
3. An IEP Roadmap Makes Goal Planning Easy. Heck yeah! Forget about picking and choosing random goals to try and catch up or reach the next milestone. I'll show you how to use an IEP Roadmap to simplify IEP choices once and for all! Seriously, spending 15 minutes learning about this IEP Roadmap can save you HOURS of prep time and tears over decision making.