Parent and Student Rights (Procedural Safeguards)

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires schools to provide the parents/guardians of a student who is eligible for or referred for special education with a notice containing a full explanation of the rights available to them.

School districts must provide parents a copy of the Notice of Special Education Procedural Safeguards:

  • At least once every school year.
  • When you or others, including the district, request that your student be evaluated to determine eligibility for special education services. This process is called a referral.
  • The first time you file a citizen complaint in a school year.
  • The first time you request a due process hearing in a school year.
  • When a decision is made to remove a student for more than ten school days in a year as part of a disciplinary action, and that removal constitutes a change of placement.
  • Upon request.

Notice of Special Ed Procedural Safeguards

Districts may customize this notice for their use, provided content includes all of the procedural safeguards content required under Part B of the IDEA.

Notice of Special Education Procedural Safeguards-English, (Word) | Amharic | Arabic | Bosnian | Burmese | Chinese (Simplified) | French | Hakha Chin | Hindi | Japanese | Khmer (Cambodian) | Korean | Marshallese | Nepali | Portuguese | Punjabi | Russian | Somali | Spanish | Tagalog | Ukrainian | Vietnamese

  • Please note that the Procedural Safeguards (October 2023) has been updated to reflect a legislative change of "emergency expulsion" to "emergency removal" as noted within "Services" on page 30, and to also fix a grammatical error (a comma was in the wrong place) on page 10 as noted within "Parental Consent for Reevaluations".
  • Please also note that we are in the process of translating the above languages, along with seven new languages. This may take some time, but we will post the translated languages once they are ready.