• Parents' Rights Document- AKA Procedural Safeguards are designed to protect the rights of parents and their child with a disability and, at the same time, give families and school systems several mechanisms by which to resolve their disputes. The different sections of this document are:

    • The right of parents to receive a complete explanation of all the procedural safeguards available under IDEA and the procedures in the state for presenting complaints
    • Confidentiality and the right of parents to inspect and review the educational records of their child
    • The right of parents to participate in meetings related to the identification, evaluation, and placement of their child, and the provision of FAPE (a free appropriate public education) to their child
    • The right of parents to obtain an independent educational evaluation (IEE) of their child
    • The right of parents to receive “prior written notice” on matters relating to the identification, evaluation, or placement of their child, and the provision of FAPE to their child
    • The right of parents to give or deny their consent before the school may take certain action with respect to their child
    • The right of parents to disagree with decisions made by the school system on those issues
    • The right of parents and schools to use IDEA’s mechanisms for resolving disputes, including the right to appeal determinations

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