When and How to Reject your IEP

NAPSEA National Association for Professional Special Education Advocates

Rejecting Your Child’s IEP

In an ideal world, you and the school department will be in complete agreement about what your child needs to succeed…. But, lets get back into the real world for a minute. The IEP proposed by the school district may not include everything that your child needs. What do you do? Most parents will reject the IEP. This is a mistake! Now before you yell at me, I don’t mean that you should accept the IEP as written, what I mean is there is a right way to reject the IEP. You must reject only the parts that you don’t agree with and/or the parts that are missing. Well that sounds easy, but what should it look like?

Did you know that if you don’t write the rejection the right way, your child could lose precious time by not getting some of the services that they need? What about when the school department won’t give you a placement or a program until you sign? How do you reject something that isn’t there?

How to draft your rejection of the IEP?

  1. Write it like you would write a letter
  2. Use headers and sections to identify each area that you are rejecting
  3. Indicate what you want in the section so that you would accept it
  4. For components that are missing, ‘I reject the missing component/service/program of the IEP…..’
  5. To ensure that the parts of the IEP that are not rejected are provided to your child, always use this final statement, ‘Notwithstanding this rejection, all other parts of the IEP not rejected, should be considered accepted and should be implemented immediately’
  6. Always request a meeting to discuss the rejected portions of the IEP
  7. Make sure that you have some documentation or data to support what and why you are rejecting

Get some professional help

Talk to a special education advocate or an attorney to see if you may need some professional help. There are many resources available so that you don’t have to go it alone. You want your child to have the best available to them for their education. Your child only has one chance to get an education. When you are in High School, you can’t go back to elementary school and do things over again. If your child is in High School, you can’t go back to school once you graduate, so make the most of the time you have now.

For more information or to find an advocate or attorney in your area, visit www.napsea.co

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