In the IEP process, there are many times that a change or amendment to an IEP would not require an IEP team meeting. However, parents should understand when it is appropriate and when it is not. Parents should be aware that districts can misuse a “no-meeting amendment” and use caution about when it’s a good idea and when it would be inappropriate.

IDEA says that some changes to an IEP can be made without an IEP meeting if the parent and LEA are in agreement.

IDEA 34 CFR 300.324(a)(4)(i)

(4) Agreement. (i) In making changes to a child’s IEP after the annual IEP Team meeting for a school year, the parent of a child with a disability and the public agency may agree not to convene an IEP Team meeting for the purposes of making those changes and instead may develop a written document to amend or modify the child’s current IEP. (ii) If changes are made to the child’s IEP in accordance with paragraph (a)(4)(i) of this section, the public agency must ensure that the child’s IEP Team is informed of those changes.

You should understand that IDEA doesn’t call this a specific name. But essentially, it means an Amendment is written without holding an IEP meeting with the purpose of making a change to the IEP. 

Different states may use different terms for this kind of meeting, but if you hear any of these phrases or synonyms you can assume that a no-meeting amendment is probably what they are talking about.

  • IEP No Meet (Meeting) Addendum
  • IEP No Meet (Meeting) Amendment
  • IEP No Meet (Meeting) Provision

So when would a no-meet amendment be appropriate? 

As previously stated, not every change to an IEP requires an IEP team meeting to engage in the full IEP process. A no-meeting Amendment is typically utilized when there is only one or two small changes that are limited to a particular service.

In these types of situations, the no-meeting addendum can be quite beneficial because it allows the team to amend the IEP without waiting to schedule a full team meeting and can be a productive way to quickly make a change.

However, be aware that a no-meet amendment should only be used for small, minor things such as:

  • Increasing or decreasing related service hours such as increasing Speech and Language from once a week to twice a week.
  • Amending a Transportation provision.
  • Clarifying an intervention for an accommodation(s), such as listing that a specific set of accommodations will be given in all classes for the entire school day instead of just one subject area.
  • A teacher or service provider may wish to add or change one specific goal for that particular discipline.

If you, as the parent, would like to propose a change to your child’s IEP, you can request a no-meeting amendment if you have discussed the change with the appropriate staff. If you send a letter to your child’s case carrier and request a no-meeting amendment to implement the proposed change you’d like to make, the IEP team will consider your request.

If the team agrees, you should receive an amendment in writing with the proposed changes agreed upon between you and the IEP team. You should receive the no-meeting amendment and a PWN for you to sign.

Read the Amendment and the PWN very carefully to make sure the changes are what you requested. It is important to confirm that no other changes are added to the amendment and that the change to the IEP is exactly what you expected. This is where parents can be tricked to sign an amendment and agree to something they did not ask for. As such, it’s very important to confirm the change listed is exactly the change you have agreed to make to your child’s IEP.

If you feel uncomfortable signing a no-meeting amendment, you could ask an advocate to review the document to ensure the amendment documents the exact changes you want to make and avoid signing something you don’t fully understand.

Once you have signed the amendment form and PWN, you are agreeing to the changes proposed in the no-meeting amendment, which will be attached to your child’s existing IEP document.

A no-meeting amendment can be initiated by the LEA/School or the parent. In either case, the school cannot make a change to your child’s IEP without a meeting unless the parent provides written consent and agrees to the no-meeting amendment.

If for any reason you don’t feel comfortable with a no-meeting amendment or if you disagree with the changes proposed in a PWN, then you can always disagree on the PWN and request a meeting to further discuss the proposed changes with your team.

It is also important for you to understand that an amendment to the IEP without a meeting does not change the date of the next annual review.

A no-meeting amendment can be quite useful in certain situations and expedite changes without holding an IEP meeting. However, a parent must be very careful to ensure the change is exactly what you have requested and have confidence you are signing a document you are in full agreement to implement.


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Valerie Aprahamian is a special education advocate, IEP strategist, and speaker. She speaks on behalf of parents to protect the rights of neurodiverse children to receive the supports they need in public school.

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