What Does it Mean to Sign the Document?
When it comes to the IEP process, remember that YOU are your child’s greatest advocate. No one is more concerned about his or her well-being than you. Therefore, it’s important to know your rights. For example, before signing off on the IEP paperwork and plan at the end of the meeting, you may ask additional questions, do more research on an particular issue, or simply take time to give everything that was discussed a second look.
If you feel uncomfortable signing the document at the end of the meeting, don’t. The IEP is not a “take it or leave it” agreement. Parents and guardians should never feel pressure to sign a child’s IEP or evaluation during a meeting. You have the right to sign that you attended the meeting, and then take documents with you to review. If the IEP team pressures you to sign, for any reason, you have the right to refuse.
Signing With Exemptions
It’s also important for to know that you can partially consent to your child’s IEP, also known as “signing with exemptions.” Basically, this means you consent to some of the proposed services, but disagree with others. School districts then implement the consented services, while working to resolve disagreements with parent/guardians about other services.
Remember – school districts are under pressure to show compliance. Still, parents and guardians have no legal requirement to sign any document within a designated time period.
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