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March 20, 2024 Meeting Minutes - New Law, IEP Meetings

PALS Meeting Minutes

March 20, 2024 9:30 a.m.

Virtual Meeting using Zoom


Open Forum

Open Forum is an opportunity for participants to come together and discuss a variety of topics, offer resources, and ask questions related to special education.


New Homeschool Law

In case you didn't know:

Home Education Law Amendment Section 1327.1(f.2) (1)-(5) "Effective beginning with the 2023-24 school year, school districts must allow home educated students to participate in any cocurricular activity that merges extracurricular activities with a required academic course, academic courses (equaling up to at least one quarter of the school day for full-time students), and career and technical education (CTE) programs. Section 1327.1(f.2) (1)-(5) of the School Code requires school districts to develop policies and procedures to permit a child who is enrolled in a home education program to participate in any cocurricular activity or CTE program. The board of school directors may adopt further policies to implement the participation of home education students in cocurricular activities, academic courses, and CTE programs. School districts should establish policies and procedures for home education students including procedures addressing enrollment and attendance of students from home education programs into classes and CTE programs." Pennsylvania Department of Education: Home Education Program

IEP Meetings

This is your reminder that you have the right to call an IEP Meeting at any time. You do not have to wait for the annual meeting. If you have any concerns about your child's IEP and/or Special Education services you have the right to call an IEP Meeting to formally discuss any issues.

"Your child’s program is reviewed every year at an IEP meeting, or more often if requested by you or any other IEP team member. Whenever there are concerns about or changes to the IEP, a meeting may be requested by you or any other member of the IEP team. You and the LEA may agree not to have an IEP meeting to make changes to an IEP. Instead, you and the LEA may develop a written document to modify the current IEP. If changes are made without a meeting, you must be provided with a copy of the revised IEP." Pennsylvania Parent Guide to Special Education for School-Age Children
"While the school must make sure the IEP Team meets every year, parents have the right to ask for more frequent IEP Team meetings. The law does not limit the number of IEP meetings parents can request. If your child is having problems, and you believe that her IEP should be reviewed, send a letter to the school and ask for an IEP Team meeting." Education Law Center: The Right to Special Education in Pennsylvania (examples provided in Appendix)

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Next Meeting: April 24, 2024 9:30 a.m. Virtual Meeting using Zoom.

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