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What happens if a parent won't show up for an initial IEP?
Old 12-04-2019, 04:34 PM
 
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I don't want to give too many details just in case. I'll just say that based on other experiences with this parent I have a strong concern that she won't come in for her child's initial eligibility/IEP meeting within the 60 day timeline, or possibly at all.

Of course I have been documenting all the contacts and times the meeting has been rescheduled. I've offered a phone conference as well (even though that would be so annoying given all the paperwork that needs to be signed).

I guess I'm going to ask my sped director what we do in this case, but has anyone ever had this happen? What happens in this case? I've had parents refuse services, but at least they came to the meeting to say/sign for that...


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We had that issue with a severe bd student last year. We started calling all the parents number and insisting (kindly) that since we have them on the line, lets just do it via conference call. Worked every time once we did that. We had several meetings last year as we had to keep changing things.
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Parent also refuses to answer the phone/states she "can't" talk on the phone. She only communicates via email. She always says she's coming and then comes up with some "emergency" the day of.
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We did have problems with him answering the phone. We called using different people's cell phones and eventually he answered.

I do know that we had a discussion about what we would do if dad didn't answer several times. At some point we did have higher ups who were going to be able to authorize the meeting without parent, but I don't remember what the conversation was at the time.
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Old 12-05-2019, 05:34 AM
 
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I hate it that the parents donít come to the IEP meetings! This is their child! I understand that some canít but most of those I can do a conference call with.

In our district we offer 3 different times to have a meeting. Parent doesnít show or we canít make contact for the first 2 times, then on #3 we hold the meeting without them, give them the 7 day grace period to look over the IEP findings and results. If no contact, then we implement the IEP. My best friend in these situations is to continually document every time contact is attempted.


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In our district we offer 3 different times to have a meeting. Parent doesnít show or we canít make contact for the first 2 times, then on #3 we hold the meeting without them, give them the 7 day grace period to look over the IEP findings and results. If no contact, then we implement the IEP. My best friend in these situations is to continually document every time contact is attempted.
That's what we do for any other meeting, but I've been told we're not allowed to hold initials without parents. I seem to remember a situation many years ago where a parent was legitmately in the ER or something and we "started the meeting" on the correct date and then "stopped the meeting" due to "insufficient information" (no parent input) and then continued with the parent later. It was okay because the meeting had technically started on the correct date. I'll ask my sped director about that. I was just curious to see if anyone else had this happen.
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Old 12-05-2019, 05:33 PM
 
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Parent also refuses to answer the phone/states she "can't" talk on the phone. She only communicates via email. She always says she's coming and then comes up with some "emergency" the day of.
I wonder if there's some sort of (diagnosed) anxiety on the parent's part?

Could she sign something saying she gives permission for the meeting to happen in her absence, and then just review the document and sign it after the fact?
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I wonder if there's some sort of (diagnosed) anxiety on the parent's part?

Could she sign something saying she gives permission for the meeting to happen in her absence, and then just review the document and sign it after the fact?
I would love to comment more on this, but I don't want to get myself in trouble just in case. I'll just say I don't think that's the issue.

I also wondered about possibly just having the meeting and sending the paperwork home for mom to sign without really telling anyone (at the district level) that she didn't actually participate.
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Old 12-06-2019, 03:46 AM
 
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We have sent parent certified notices of the next meeting date and then went forward without them.
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