IEP Team

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If in an IEP Team meeting for a child who is attending a special purpose private school and who will not be attending public school, does a regular education teacher need to attend?

No, but you must be careful not to predetermine the child's LRE and may need someone with knowledge of the general curriculum, especially for high school students who need credits for graduation.

May a special education teacher be the IEU representative if stated that special education teacher is the IEU designee?

If that person has written authorization to obligate the unit's resources (MUSER Section VI.2.B.(4)(c)).

What about attendance of a regular education teacher for self-contained students who have no regular education teacher?

Not required if student is not and will not be participating in the general education curriculum or any part of the general education programming. However, the Team might need the regular education teacher's input into the general education curriculum and to provide assistance in determining graduation components.

What do you do if the person's curriculum is being discussed but they are out sick on the day of the meeting? May another person step in if they are aware of the materials being presented?

Yes, if that person fits the criteria for IEP Team membership as stated in MUSER Section VI.2.B.

What if the IEP expires and the elementary teacher is out sick, may the previous year teacher or next year teacher attend or do you extend the IEP?

You must not let the IEP expire, nor may you extend it or amend an expired IEP.  In circumstances where a regular education teacher of the child is unavailable to attend the IEP Team Meeting, the SAU must ensure that a teacher with knowledge of the student and of the general education curriculum is present at the meeting with the understanding that the IEP Team may decide to reconvene in order to include the actual teacher of the child if that teacher's input is required or if the parent requests a meeting that includes that teacher.

How may CDS fulfill the requirement for a regular education teacher at IEP meetings when the child isn’t in a regular Early Child education setting (especially 3 year olds or children with Autism who are in a Special Purpose program)?

For children ages 3-5 who are in the settings in Section X.2.C(1)(a) the teacher of record for that program will participate as a regular education teacher. For children ages 3-5 who are served in special education programs, or in the home or the service provider location as reflected in X.2.C(1)(b,c,d) of the rule, the regular education teacher at the IEP meetings must be an individual who holds a certificate as an Early Child Teacher with endorsement 081 or Early Elementary Teacher with endorsement 029.

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