IEP season!

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  1. SpecialPreskoo

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    AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!

    Ok, I feel better now. I had to take a break from writing/typing IEP's. Peaceful naptime!

    How is everyone else's IEP's going?

    I'm ready for school to be out!!!!
     
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  3. swansong1

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    I don't have a season :( I write them in week in, week out all year.:(:(
     
  4. clarnet73

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    4 of my 5 are DONE... last one is next Friday (found out today, kid is being outplaced for next year thankfully).

    But i'm the teacher on the screening team, so I'll be doing them off and on all summer. hey, as long as i get paid... :)
     
  5. Proud2BATeacher

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    Mine aren't due until May 31st... They decided to try to update the IEP online program last January and lost all of my IEPs. The system sto;; isn't working 100%. I have a friend who hasn't been able to complete her January IEP updates due to problems with the system -- sometimes it saves her work, sometimes it doesn't, sometimes it recognizes her password, sometimes it doesn't, sometimes it prints, sometimes it doesn't...:dizzy:
     
  6. MrsC

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    Gotta love technology! :dizzy:
    I need to begin working on my end-of-year updates (even though the end of the year isn't for several weeks yet).
     
  7. ZoomZoomZOOM

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    I made the mistake of scheduling mine back-to-back (a couple of weeks ago). My case-manager is a nut back and by the time the five hours were through, I was ready to kill her. Glad they're over.
     
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    Had a parent who told me not to waste my time updating a kid's IEP because she was fighting the placement in court. :unsure: Messy divorce.

    Oi.
     
  9. karebear76

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    I only have one of my own left which is Thursday a.m. I'm also involved with another one which is kind of tricky b/c of the threat of due process (which is why I'm involved instead of his grade level intervention specialist) so I'll spend all day Tuesday collaborating on it with a middle school teacher, then the actual meeting on the 18th.

    I hate IEP season. It takes so much of my time and leaves me exhausted. Our season is October.
     
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    I'm curious how IEP seasons work in other areas. How do you manage to work it so your IEP's are all due at the same time if children enter your programs at different times of the year? Since I have about 130 IEP meetings yearly, I'm interested in how other areas do it.
     
  11. ZoomZoomZOOM

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    I was wondering the same thing - but when it came time for annuals, my case manager (aka "nut bag") just said to schedule them ALL in the spring. Didn't matter what date. In fact, I had a gal that just started in March with a brand new IEP - - and she had an annual with the rest of my students, one month later.
     
  12. swansong1

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    I could think of some terms other than "nut bag"...but this is a family forum :hugs:
     
  13. Proud2BATeacher

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    Each of my students need a completed IEP, 30 school days after their arrival. We then update them at the end of each term.
     
  14. teachersk

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    My kids all have random IEP dates. I had one in October, one in November, two in January, one in February, and a few more to finish out the school year (3).
     
  15. MrsC

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    Ditto.
     
  16. karebear76

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    We have just eased ours into the fall schedule. We met in the spring a few years ago with the parents and explained that we would meet on XX-XX to review the IEP, and then told them that it would be valid until Oct 31, when the team would meet again. If we have a move in, then we hold the meeting within 30 days to adopt or change the IEP. However, we'll not be able to keep the fall season forever, b/c of the 364 days rule. Eventually we'll have a student shift enough that the meeting will have to be at the end of May to keep in compliance with meeting date.

    I prefer writing IEPs in the fall b/c I will be the one responsible for implementing the goals for that student, so I'm able to write more relevant and attainable goals. I am very familiar with the grade level standards and curriculum for my grade level. I don't have to guess about what might be going on. Yes the goals are individualized to the student, but it is within the context of my classroom; not necessarily the next teacher.
     
  17. SpecialPreskoo

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    I write the IEP to finish up at the end of the school year no matter how long or how short it is. I had 2 new ones start right after spring break in April... 6 weeks left in school. Wrote out a short one to finish the year out and then going to have one longer one for next year. I hate having IEP's ending at odd times in the middle of the year. I can't keep up with them that way.
     
  18. pontiac8411

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    Yeah. This year has been rough. 35 kids on my caseload and I am the ELA teacher as well so i have reading and writing goals for each :dizzy:
    Thank GOD it is almost over
     
  19. bethechange

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    Blah. I teach kinder so I am constantly doing new evals, (all disability categories) reevals, and often at least 2 IEP's per year per kid, depending on when their reevals were and when they turn 7, and then adjusting their minutes and services for first grade.

    I'm looking so forward to next year. Then I should have only 8!! And no one's on the docket for a 3-year!!!
     
  20. timsterino

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    IEP Season? That seems to be all year long for us. I just had my last annual meeting for the year. I have one re-evaluation meeting and I am done for this year. At our school we write IEPs as they come up throughout the year.
     
  21. SpecialPreskoo

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    I guess the reason why I would think the IEP's would be done at the end of the year is because the grade level ends at the end of the year and those going to K the next year wouldn't have Pre-K goals. I know our classes older than mine have "extended standards" and if they are in the 4th grade in the computer, then they would have 4th grade extended goals. The next year they would have to have 5th grade extended standards. So having an IEP that ended in the middle of the year wouldn't make much since to us.
     
  22. charlie7812

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    Our district has PPT's every May (no matter what) if a student enters the school mid way through the year we still have one in May… It keeps them all on the same schedule. Makes for a long May when you have 13 students! lol
     

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