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:
City, State, Zip code)
(Your Child’s Name)
(School Principal’s Name),
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
efforts outlined in (Your Child’s Name) IEP, (She/He) is having
great difficulty with (Describe The Specific Issues And/Or Behaviors
services outlined in the IEP are not being delivered to your child –
(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
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.
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.
cc: (Include the Names of All of Your Child’s
IEP Team. Also Include The Names Of Either The Principal, Vice Principal or
cc: John Brown, Vice Principal, Hometown
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.