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3. Authorizes excusals from IEP meetings.
A member of the IEP team may be excused from attending an IEP meeting, in whole or in part, when the meeting involves a modification to or discussion of the member’s area of the curriculum or related services if:
  • The parent and the LEA consent to the excusal; and
  • The member submits, in writing to the parent and the team, input into the development of the IEP prior to the meeting.
The parent’s consent shall be in writing. [614(d)(1)(C)(ii), (iii)]

Dialogue Starter - Cross-stakeholder

Reaction Questions

  1. How might team dynamics change when certain members are excused from IEP meetings?

  2. What are implications for overall program development using written input from a non-attendee as opposed to their ’in person’ input?

  3. How might the development of specific IEP goals for a child be impacted when a member of the team who has been excused is not there to provide their feedback on the goals presented from all the team members?

Application Questions

  1. What might be promising procedures for delivering the written input or goals from an excused member to the entire team at the meeting?

  2. What procedures might an LEA employ if parents have concerns of the written input from the non-attending team member?

  3. Why might some team members be excused from attending an IEP? How might these situation be communicated and implemented as intended?

  4. What procedures would be helpful to inform an excused IEP member of the proceedings from the IEP meeting?

    These questions were developed by the following stakeholders working together:

    Role: Early Childhood Professional & Advocate
    Location: Maryland
    Role: Higher Education
    Location: South Carolina
    Role: Related Services Provider
    Location: New Jersey
    Role: Parent Training & Information Professional
    Location: California
    Role: Parent
    Location: New Mexico