What is the issue?
The vast majority of children with significant needs spend at least some part of the school day in general education activities or classrooms. It is essential that the general education teacher be an active IEP member. This does not mean that parents should expect teachers to leave their classrooms for long periods of time. However, it is reasonable to expect the general education teacher to attend IEP meetings to contribute expertise in setting academic and social goals, advising the team about curriculum and helping to identify where and when adaptations will be needed so that your child can be successful in the general classroom.
Here are possible responses:
“Nina is one of Miss Taylor’s students and we think she is doing very well. However, I have no idea if the goals and supports we are suggesting are going to be helpful to Miss Taylor in adapting the curriculum and classroom activities so Nina can be successful. We need to schedule another IEP Meeting so that Miss Taylor can attend for at least part of the time.”
“This is the first year my child has been spending a lot of time in a general classroom. I do not want to have IEP Meetings without my child’s teacher. We can complete the main parts of the IEP and give a draft to Mr. Jones. But then we have to schedule an IEP Meeting that includes him so that our team is complete.”