Several times throughout the special education process,
parents receive their rights in a procedural safeguard notice form. The
rights are intended to help parents be fully informed before making
decisions. A condensed version is given here:
Procedural Safeguards Notice:
- Right to informed consent on evaluations and placement.
- Right to be involved in meetings and decision making.
- Right to examine school records.
- Right to obtain an independent evaluation at no expense, if parent disagrees with the district evaluation
- Right to Prior Written Notice.
- Right to a due process hearing and appeal procedures.
- Right, in certain cases, to attorneys’ fees.
- Right to “stay put” in child’s current placement during hearing.
- Right to information on discipline procedures.
- Right to voluntary mediation.
- Right to notification of assigned surrogate parent.
- Right to information on transfer of rights at age 18.
- Responsibility to notify school of private placement or a request for a due process hearing.
- Right to withdraw consent for placement in Special Education