Procedural Safeguards Notice describes your rights and the procedures that safeguard your rights under state and federal special education law, including the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, commonly referred to as “IDEA 2004”.  These laws and regulations require school districts to provide free appropriate public education (FAPE) to all students with disabilities who are in need of special education.  A free appropriate public education, or FAPE, means special education and related services designed to meet the individual educational needs of your child provided, at no cost to you, in conformity with your child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP).

 The information contained in this Procedural Safeguards Notice is important to you and your child.  Please take time to review it.  While we have attempted to consolidate a great deal of information into a readable format, we recognize that the information can be cumbersome.  If you need clarification, you can seek help from personnel in your school district.  You also have the right to be informed of organizations that are established to assist parents in understanding their rights under these laws.  Some of these resources are listed below and also contained in the Procedural Safeguards Notice.

If you have a concern about your child’s education program, you may wish to contact your child’s teachers, principal, or district administrators.  This type of communication is often helpful in resolving concerns.

You also have the right under federal law to file a complaint with the Pennsylvania Department of Education and/or to initiate due process procedures as described in Section VI of this Procedural Safeguards Notice.