Accurate and updated information as of July 2021
At least one time a year, the parents of a child with a disability must receive from the school system a complete explanation of all the procedural safeguards available to them, as parents, under IDEA. This explanation is called the “Procedural Safeguards Notice.”
In this page, we’ll examine the purpose and contents of this notice, the times that parents will receive it, and other aspects of this important safeguard.
The purpose of the procedural safeguards notice is simple: to inform parents completely about the procedural safeguards available under IDEA. These represent their rights as parents and the protections they have—and their child as well—under the law and its implementing regulations.
IDEA states that schools must send the procedural safeguards notice to the parents only one time a school year, except that schools must also give a copy to parents:
Your local school district may also post a current copy of the procedural safeguards notice on its website, if it has a website.
The procedural safeguards notice must include a complete explanation of all the safeguards available under IDEA related to:
Independent educational evaluations
Prior written notice
Access to student education records
The opportunity to present and resolve complaints through procedures for due process complaint and for State complaints, including–
–the timeline for filing a complaint;
–the opportunity for the school system to resolve the complaint; and
–the differences between the scope of the two procedures such as their jurisdiction or authority, issues covered, filing and decisional timelines, and relevant procedures;
The availability of mediation;
The child’s placement during the pendency of any due process complaint;
Procedures for students who are subject to placement in an interim alternative educational setting;
Requirements for unilateral placement by parents of children in private schools at public expense;
Due process hearings, including requirements for disclosure of evaluation results and recommendations;
Appeals at the State level (if applicable in the State);
Civil actions, including the period of time in which to file such actions; and
Attorneys’ fees. [§300.504]
In addition to providing this explicit information, the procedural safeguards notice must be written in understandable language.
Under IDEA, the procedural safeguards notice (and, for that matter, the prior written notice) must be:
If the native language or other mode of communication used by the parent is not a written language, then the school must take steps to ensure:
Yes, at the discretion of the parents. IDEA says that the parent of a child with a disability may elect to receive the notice by email, if the school makes that option available.
Yes. The U.S. Department of Education makes a Model Form available online, at:
Parents can get in touch with the Parent Training and Information Center (the PTI) for their state. PTIs typically can provide parents with explanations of key IDEA-related rights and responsibilities, as well as informative materials and training. Each state has at least one PTI.
To identify the PTI serving your area, visit our Find Your Parent Center page, at:
**Highly Rated Resource! This resource was reviewed by 3-member panels of Parent Center staff working independently from one another to rate the quality, relevance, and usefulness of CPIR resources. This resource was found to be of “High Quality, High Relevance, High Usefulness” to Parent Centers.
Would you like to read about Other Procedural Safeguards?
Sure you do. Use the links below to go there quick! Parents have the right:
SOURCE ARTICLE: Center for Parent Information & Resources
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