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Notice and Consent

School districts must provide parents with prior written notice before several actions occur. The prior written notice must clearly state the proposed or refused actions by the district.

In some cases, the district must receive informed consent from the parent in order to proceed with the proposed action. Parental consent is needed in writing before the district:

  • Conducts an evaluation.
  • Begins special education programs and/or services for the first time.


Guidance for Notice

Districts must follow certain requirements for providing notice.

Notice of Provision of Services and Programs

The document provides a model form for notice which is given to the parent by a district to explain an action the district wants to take, or is refusing to take, with a student who has a disability or is suspected of having a disability. Notice provides the reason(s) that the district is proposing or refusing an activity.

Notice of Cessation of Special Education Programs and Services in Response to Revocation of Parental Consent

This model form provides a notice to parents who revoked consent for the provision of special education programs and services.

Procedural Safeguards Notice

The IDEA includes a set of procedural safeguards designed to protect the rights of students with disabilities and their parents. The document is available in English and several other languages.

Procedural Safeguards Notice in Other Languages

American Sign Language (ASL)

Procedural Safeguards in ASL Playlist
High school student working with a teacher in a lab setting.

Other Languages