Parents Rights in Special Education
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) provides certain parental rights of families who have a child with a disability. The following list is a brief overview of parent rights, but not a comprehensive list:
Prior Notice to Parents: School personnel must provide you written notice prior to proposing or refusing to initiate or change the identification, evaluation, or educational placement of your child, or the provision of a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) to your child.
Parent Consent: As a parent or guardian you must provide written consent before the school district can initially evaluate your child for a suspected disability, and before initially providing your child with special education and related services based on an Individualized Education Program (IEP). Your consent must be informed consent, so the school personnel will inform you about which disability they suspect prior to conducting the individual, multidisciplinary evaluation. School personnel will also cover all components of the proposed written IEP, prior to obtaining your consent to provide the special education and related services.
Evaluation: The evaluation, to determine if your child has a disability under IDEA, and the re-evaluation will be at no cost to the parent or guardian. A copy of the evaluation report and the documentation of determination of eligibility will be given to the parent.
Access to Records: The school district will permit parents to inspect and review all education records relating to the identification, evaluation, and educational placement of your child, and the provision of FAPE. Parents have all rights under the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). The information maintained by the school district regarding your child's educational records will be kept confidential with personnel involved in your child's education.
Mediation, Formal Complaint, and/or Due Process: Both the parent and the school district have the right to seek mediation from an outside source or request a due process hearing to settle any dispute among the parties. Mediation is a voluntary process and is provided at no cost to the parent and the district.
Special Education - Information for Parents
Special education and related services are provided to children with disabilities who are eligible under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Garfield School District follows the federal guidelines of providing a variety of services and placement continuum options. Services are provided to students with severe/profound levels of disabilities; to students with moderate levels of disabilities who may have cognitive deficits or significant behavioral issues; and to students with mild levels of disabilities who may be struggling in one or more academic areas. All types of services and placement settings are determined by the Individualized Education Program (IEP) team with input from you the parent and if possible your child. Working together as a team (parents and school personnel), we challenge each student based on their individual levels of functioning and performance to be successful in our school, home and community.
Suspecting your child may have a disability can be an anxious time for you and your family. Please review our Child Find information to assist you in obtaining help for a free evaluation to determine if your child is eligible for special education and related services.
If you are moving to Garfield Public School District and your child is already on an IEP, then please contact our secretaries in the level of school your child will attend in order that we can assist you. We are excited that you have selected Garfield County as the area you want to raise your family. We want to make your move to our district as smooth as possible for your child.
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