I've always been under the impression that the law dictated 3 contacts to try to get parent involvement in the meeting (I'm talking annual review, not initials) and if we could prove 3 attempts, and parent didn't show at meeting, then we could have the meeting and send home prior written notice. We're now being told (thanks to the state audit) that you send invite to parent. If they return the invite saying they're coming, that counts as 1 contact. If they do not show up, we must reschedule the meeting with a different type of contact, so a phone call. If they do not show up again, a 3rd meeting must be rescheduled with a different type of contact. If they do not show up the 3rd time, we can hold the meeting. Is this the intent of IDEA?? Do you do it this way at your school? The way I figure it, I'm going to have to send the invitations out 30-45 days BEFORE the end date of the IEP, to allow for all this to happen and keep in compliance. We have to give parents 15 days notice of a meeting. I'm spinning with each day, and new bits of info shared.