Here are sample comments parents have used in response to questions outside of an IEP meeting about proposals to change placement:
- I’ve already had my annual IEP meeting this year.
- I haven’t had an IEP meeting that addresses any need for a change, and since I’ve already had my annual meeting there’s no need to meet again.
- I haven’t received anything in writing indicating his current program is not appropriate so he will continue to attend in his current program.
- I expect my child’s current placement to continue; it is appropriate.
- If the bus doesn’t take him to his current program, then he is being denied an appropriate education…I can contact the state department of education.
- I’m not aware procedures are underway to change anything.
Parents need to be on guard before events take place that change a placement without proper procedures by the school district. In many situations, a freeze may be placed by the parent on the current placement when the parent triggers “stay-put” in a due process hearing request with KSDE. Due process hearing requests that are poorly drafted can be problematic.
Perhaps a more efficient way to deal with such serious issues is to pursue mediation; mediation gets issues addressed at the table in a responsible manner when a state-provided mediator is in charge.
Advocates at the IEP Center attend mediation with parents.
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