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Sample IEP Revision Letter


By: the United Advocates for Children of California

Here is a sample letter requesting a revision of your child’s Individual Education Plan:

(Your Name)

(Your Street Address)

(Your City, State, Zip code)

(Date)

RE: (Your Child’s Name)

Dear (School Principal’s Name),

I am writing to request a review of my (Daughter’s/Son’s) Individual Education Plan. (Your Child’s Name), last IEP meeting was (Date), and attended by (Names and Titles of Person’s Who Attended The Meeting). Currently, (Your Child’s Name) is (Describe The Classroom(S) Your Child Is Enrolled In, Any Services Or Special Accommodations That Are Occurring That Are A Result Of Your Most Recent IEP Meeting.)

(If the IEP is being delivered, and you feel the plan is not sufficient for your child -insert)

Despite the efforts outlined in (Your Child’s Name) IEP, (She/He) is having great difficulty with (Describe The Specific Issues And/Or Behaviors Here).

(If the services outlined in the IEP are not being delivered to your child – insert:)
(Your Child’s Name) Individual Education Plan included the following services which my child is not receiving. (List Any Services On The IEP That Are Not Being Received). I am attaching a copy of the IEP for your reference. (Attach A Photocopy – Do Not Send Your Only Copy With This Letter.)

Therefore, I request an immediate meeting of (Your Child’s Name) IEP team to review these issues and resolve this problem, so that (Your Child’s Name) can receive the services (She/He) requires.

I will contact you next week to schedule a date and time for the IEP team to meet. I can be reached at: (Give Your Mailing Address and Work, Home, and Mobile Telephone Numbers if Available.) I look forward to speaking with you soon and I appreciate your assistance in this matter.

Thank you,

(Your Signature)

cc: (Include the Names of All of Your Child’s IEP Team. Also Include The Names Of Either The Principal, Vice Principal or Counselor)

cc: John Brown, Vice Principal, Hometown elementary School

TEN TIPS FOR IEP SUCCESS:

1) Start a binder to keep copies of everything regarding your child’s education, medical and emotional needs. Include copies of letters, IEP’s, medical records, a log of incidents in the school or community, etc. Put a picture of your child on the cover of this binder and bring it to all meetings that concern him/her. Don’t rely on any of the agencies that serve your child to keep her/his records for you.

2) Use your child’ name frequently – each time you use his/her name, it will be more difficult for the reader to “forget” who your child is. Also, be very specific in describing behaviors that are hindering your child in school. These can be both classroom and “recreational/recess periods, and may include difficulty understanding, and or processing information, difficulty sitting still, hearing, seeing, distractibility, anxiety, explosive outbursts, problems following directions or re-direction, etc.

3) Engage and enroll the school officials in helping you help your child, try to save your anger and frustration for another day.

4) Send copies of your letter to at least three school officials, and use cc: so that everyone who receives your letter will know that they are part of this process and have been officially requested to provide assistance.

5) Follow-up: Mark the date on your calendar and if you haven’t heard from anyone of the persons you called, within nine working days from the date you mailed your letters, call all of the people you wrote to inquire about scheduling your first assessment appointment.

6) Remember that as a parent/caregiver, you have the right to request an assessment for your child if you feel she/he is in need of assistance. Don’t let any school officials try to convince you that you don’t have this right.

7) Learn about the rights of children with special educational needs. There are many links on this website to assist you. IDEA = Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, it is your legal guide to getting services for your child.

8) Be stubborn with a smile; you will need to work with your child’s school to help him/her, and it is an evolving process that will require everyone’s time.

9) Be especially considerate of the school officials receptionists/assistants, they are the gateway to getting your needs met.

10) Try to attend a local school board meeting; it helps to know who may be an ally at the top.