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IEP team membership.

(1) School districts must ensure that the IEP team for each student eligible for special education services includes:
(a) The parents of the student;
(b) Not less than one general education teacher of the student if the student is, or may be, participating in the general education environment;
(c) Not less than one special education teacher of the student, or where appropriate, not less than one special education provider of the student;
(d) A representative of the public agency who:
(i) Is qualified to provide, or supervise the provision of, specially designed instruction to meet the unique needs of students eligible for special education services;
(ii) Is knowledgeable about the general education curriculum; and
(iii) Is knowledgeable about the availability of resources of the school district.
(e) An individual who can interpret the instructional implications of evaluation results, who may be a member of the team described in (b) through (e) of this subsection;
(f) At the discretion of the parent or the school district, other individuals who have knowledge or special expertise regarding the student, including related services personnel as appropriate; and
(g) Whenever appropriate, the student.
(2)(a) The student must be invited to the IEP team meeting when the purpose of the meeting will be the consideration of the postsecondary goals for the student and the transition services needed to assist the student in reaching those goals.
(b) If the student does not attend the IEP team meeting, the school district must take other steps to ensure that the student's preferences and interests are considered.
(c) To the extent appropriate, with the consent of the parents or a student who has reached the age of majority, the public agency must invite a representative of any participating agency that is likely to be responsible for providing or paying for transition services.
(3) The determination of the knowledge or special expertise of any individual invited pursuant to subsection (1)(f) of this section must be made by the party who invited the individual to be a member of the IEP team.
(4) A school district may designate one of the members of the IEP team identified in subsection (1)(b), (c), or (e) of this section to also serve as the district representative, if the criteria in subsection (1)(d) of this section are satisfied.
(5)(a) A school district member of the IEP team is not required to attend a meeting, in whole or in part, if the parent of a student eligible for special education services and the school district agree, in writing, that the attendance of the member is not necessary because the member's area of the curriculum or related services is not being modified or discussed in the meeting.
(b) A member of the IEP team described in (a) of this subsection may be excused from attending an IEP team meeting, in whole or in part, when the meeting involves a modification to or discussion of the member's area of the curriculum or related services, if:
(i) The parent, in writing, and the public agency consent to the excusal; and
(ii) The member submits written input into the development of the IEP prior to the meeting and provides the input to the parent and other IEP team members.
(6) In the case of a student who was previously served under Part C of the act, an invitation to the initial IEP team meeting must, at the request of the parent, be sent to the Part C service coordinator or other representatives as specified by the state lead agency for Part C to assist with the smooth transition of services.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.155.090. WSR 21-19-065, § 392-172A-03095, filed 9/14/21, effective 10/15/21. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.155.090(7) and 42 U.S.C. 1400 et. seq. WSR 07-14-078, § 392-172A-03095, filed 6/29/07, effective 7/30/07.]
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