Frequently asked questions

Who do I talk to about my child’s school program? Your child’s teacher is the best place to start. If the teacher is not able to answer your questions, you could talk with your child’s principal and/or the director of student services.

What happens if I cannot attend I.E.P. meetings? I.E.P. meetings are scheduled at mutually-agreed upon times between you and your school staff, with appropriate notice provided to parents. If an emergency occurs that cannot be avoided, the school will do its best to accommodate your needs. However, if rescheduling a meeting causes the school to be out of compliance with mandated timelines, the school may need to hold the meeting on the originally agreed upon date in order to stay in compliance. In that case, and at the request of you (the parent), the school will schedule an additional I.E.P. Team meeting for the next mutually agreed upon day and time.

Who makes decisions about my child’s special education program? The I.E.P. Team will work to achieve consensus on the specific programming needs of your child. These decisions will be made with your input as well as information from a variety of other sources (e.g., classroom teacher, academic functioning, etc.).

How will I know my child is making progress toward his/her I.E.P. goals? The I.E.P. Team determines how progress is measured and how parents are informed about progress. This information is generally provided on a quarterly basis that coincides with the school’s ranking period.

How often will my child be evaluated? State law requires that children be evaluated for special education at least every three years. However, the I.E.P. Team determines what evaluation components are necessary to make eligibility determinations. You may request that the I.E.P. Team consider an evaluation at any time.

Will my child be with his/her regular classroom for special education? The Sheepscot Valley RSU offers a wide range of services to students with special needs. The services your child receives will be based upon the decisions that the I.E.P. Team makes with a focus on providing appropriate education in the least restrictive environment.