My son's IEP meeting is scheduled for this coming Thursday. He was sick and was out of school all last week and school is closed Monday and Tuesday of this week for students, due to end of semester. They are both teacher workday/in-service days. So, last week when he was out, I emailed and asked about the Draft IEP (which it specifically states on the IEP notice will be provided 5 business days before the meeting). He told me he would have it mailed out right away -- this was Thursday morning). So, when the mail came yesterday and I had still not received it (I live 1.5 miles from the school), I emailed him and asked if he had sent it out. I have not heard back. I understand it is the weekend, but now I am concerned. I do not want to have to wait until Wednesday to get a copy of the Draft IEP for a Thursday morning IEP meeting. How am I supposed to be prepared in that little amount of time? This teacher is new this year and has several times over not sent home things he had promised (work samples, for example) always stating that he apologizes, but things were really busy. I am thinking he may have never sent it out.! So, I tried to be cordial in my email and ask if it had been sent out, saying "if so, thank you" and "if not, please let me know what time I can come to the school on Monday to pick it up, as I was hoping to have it to take with me to Alex's speech session on Monday afternoon so that I can get her input". What would to do in this situation? If you cannot get the Draft IEP before Wednesday, would you ask to have the meeting rescheduled? I already informed him that I would be attending in that day. I do not under any circumstances want them to hold the meeting without me there! Any feedback would be appreciated. Thanks.
oh, I forgot to mention that he may or may not be at the school tomorrow and Tuesday, because sometimes in-services are done off-site.
UPDATE: I got the Draft IEP in the mail yesterday. I do have some issues with a few things, most important that there is NO mention of Fine Motor/OT. Unless it is an oversight (praying it was, that maybe the OT who is not based at his school just didn't get her stuff in on time) I am really upset. Fine Motor is one of my son's weakest areas. If I can think of a few things essential to a child's success in school, at the top of that list is being able to write. He is 7 1/2 and can barely write his name (first only and just barely legibly, and not always at that). He can't write the letters of the alphabet, his numbers or anything else. He has very low muscle tone in his hands (all over his body, really, but hands very low), he has tiny hands (which is typical of kids with DS) and he also has fused thumb joints (not typical of kids with DS). He is in first grade. I do not mind working with him on this stuff at home and know I am able, as I was an Elementary School teacher, but my son needs help on this. He needs goals and services to this end. Am I just crazy or doesn't he deserve and NEED this? Going to send an email to his teacher (who is listed on the IEP as his case manager) and find out what happened to the OT portion.
NEW UPDATE: I emailed Alex's teacher this am and he emailed back with the contact information for the OT. I just spoke with her on the phone and she emailed me his updates, to include his new goals and objectives, so YES, he will continue to get OT services. WHEW, now I can breathe again!! Thanks Ladies for all of the support and comments! I think the IEP will go relatively smoothly now, only a few issues I want to hash out!