PEP hosts meeting to discuss IEPs and 504s

Parents of Exceptional People (PEP) held its second meeting to discuss the differences of Individual Educational Plans (IEP) and 504s Tuesday, Dec. 4 in the library. 

PEP, a parent group created by math teacher Dr. Alison Shelton and speech therapist Kari Pierce, gives parents whose children may have learning disabilities the opportunity to understand the IEP process. Shelton and Pierce met with parents of students on IEPs or 504s. 504s are meant for students that have the ability to attend general education classes without a specialist. These students may need extra time for homework and classwork and are able to get these accommodations through a 504. They would need to continue attending general education classes and do well in them. 

“I just want parents to have a place where we could come together as a school and support them,” Pierce said. “Sometimes, parents go to outside help and come here with the wrong information, so I’m hoping the parents can come together with us to be on a team in IEP.”

By Sajjan Sandhu, Staff writer

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