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(4.10) Are all members of the IEP team required to attend the IEP meeting?

(4.10) Are all members of the IEP team required to attend the IEP meeting?

Yes. However, federal and state law allow a parent and district to agree in writing that an IEP team member does not need to attend if the member’s area of the curriculum or related services is not being modified or discussed at the meeting. In addition, if the member’s area of the curriculum or related services is being modified or discussed in the meeting, the parent and district may still agree in writing, after conferring with the member, that the member does not need to attend. In that case, the member must submit written input into the development of the IEP to the IEP team before the meeting. The law does not say how long before the meeting the input must be submitted. If the parent or district do not agree that a team member may be excused from attendance at the meeting, that IEP team member must be present at the IEP meeting. [34 C.F.R. Secs. 300.321(e)(1) and (2); Cal. Ed. Code Secs. 56341(f) & (g).]