“Since your child just moved here, there is no reason to review the IEP.”

It’s time for another of Chuck’s Comments that Parents Hear posts!

How should you respond if the school says: “Since your child just moved here, there is no reason to review the IEP. We will just transfer the old goals to our new forms.”

Recall the Law

The regulations differentiate between a student who has transferred within the state and one who transferred from another state.

If the student came from another school within the same state, the new school “in consultation with the parents” must provide FAPE (Free Appropriate Public Education) to the child (including services comparable to those described in the child’s IEP from the previous public agency), until the new public agency either (1) Adopts the child’s IEP from the previous public agency; or (2) Develops, adopts, and implements a new IEP that meets the applicable requirements in 300.320 through 300.324.” 300.323(e)

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Transitioning Between Schools

When we have children with disabilities, we hear the word “transition” a lot. And most of the time, we are talking about our children’s transition into adulthood.

But even though that is an important transition, it isn’t the first one your child will face. There are transitions between home and preschool, preschool and elementary school, middle and high school – and maybe even between school districts, if your family moves. A child with a disability may be in school past the age of 18 and have even more transitions.

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IEPs and School Transfers

IDEA provides guidelines for a child with a disability transferring to another school in or out of district within the same state or out of state. The guidelines are specific as to the child’s right to have a free appropriate public education with services that are comparable to those in the previous IEP. It is important that the parents get copies of school records for their files, check with the new and existing schools to be sure the transfer request is made, make sure all records related to special or related services are included, and follow up with both schools if the transfer is not completed in a timely manner.

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Are you and your family moving this summer? Join us for IEPs on the Move!

We are kicking off our next round of our Lunch and Learn Webinar Series this month with IEPs on the Move!

Is your child’s IEP moving to a new grade, campus, district or State? If so, join us for this FREE one hour webinar where we will discuss key strategies to ensure your student and his/her IEP are ready before the start of the next school year.

Presenters for this webinar include:

  • Chuck Noe, PRN Education Specialist
  • Kim Torres, PRN Training & Evaluations Specialist

To register for the FREE online training, go to: https://partnerstx.webex.com/mw3200/mywebex/default.do?siteurl=partnerstx