IDEA Complaint Decision 01-044

On May 22, 2001, (letter dated May 18, 2001), a special education complaint was filed with the Department of Public Instruction by XXXXX against the Kewaunee School District. A copy of the letter is enclosed. The Department of Public Instruction must issue a decision on such complaints within 60 days. The issues are whether the district made attempts to arrange her childs May 16, 2001, IEP team meeting at a mutually agreed time and place, and whether the district took proper steps to ensure parent participation at the May 16, 2001 IEP team meeting.

The complainant maintains that no steps were taken to schedule the IEP team meeting at a mutually agreed time and place. The district maintains that the complainant was contacted to discuss the meeting date and time prior to sending out the invitation. This is in line with district procedures. Although an invitation to the May 16, 2001, meeting was received by the complainant on April 19, 2001, the complainant did not remember the meeting and did not attend. While we find that the district did schedule the IEP team meeting at a mutually agreed time and place, the district acknowledges it did not take steps to ensure parent participation when the complainant did not attend the meeting. However, to address this, an IEP team meeting for the complainants child was held on May 21, 2001, which the childs parent attended. No further corrective action is required.

This concludes our complaint investigation which we are closing.

//signed MJT 6/6/01
Mike J. Thompson, Assistant Superintendent
Division for Learning Support: Equity and Advocacy

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