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Hot Fun In The Summertime

As we jump from a never-ending winter to a hot summer, make sure your team members remember the following as they hold summer IEP meetings and plan for the coming school year:

Never say anything like, “I can only fit in one session in per week as I am assigned to two schools.”
Do not forego writing a Behavior Intervention Plan because you are putting BIP-type items in the Supplementary Aids portion of the IEP. Put these items in the BIP and not in the Supplementary Aids.
Address emergency evacuation plans in every IEP. It is hidden on page one.
When a parent drops an outside evaluation into your lap/mailbox/or at the IEP meeting, be sure to review it at an IEP team meeting. These documents seem to make guest appearances during the summer.
Yes, IEP team meetings are held during the summer. While it is quite difficult to staff summer meetings, it is wrong to take the position that a meeting cannot be held during the summer. Principals should make sure they have the vacation schedules of essential team members before school lets out when there is a chance an IEP meeting will need to be scheduled.
Rochelle’s Special Education Tips (“Tips”) are designed to be helpful and thought provoking, but should not be considered legal advice as they may not be accurate for use in all situations. Tips are based on my opinions and positions in accordance with federal and Maryland law and my over 35 years of experience in the special education legal field. – Rochelle S. Eisenberg, Esquire

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