Guidance for Families about Special Education Services
Parents and students have rights related to special education. These rights are described in a document called the Procedural Safeguards (PDF). The Procedural Safeguards is a long, but very important document with which to become familiar. At minimum, review the table of contents. This way, if a dispute should occur between you and your district regarding your child’s educational program (including eligibility), you know the best place to begin your search for information about your rights regarding the particular issue you face.
Key points to keep in mind:
School districts must provide parents a copy of the Procedural Safeguards at least once every school year, and:
- When your district proposes, or you request, that your child be evaluated to determine eligibility for special education services. (This is called a referral.)
- When you file a citizen complaint –at least the first time you do so in a school year.
- When you request a due process hearing--at least the first time you do so in a school year.
- When a decision is made to make a significant change to your child’s educational program as part of a disciplinary action.
- Upon request.