Special Education: Written Prior Notice

Understanding Prior Written Notice
The purpose of providing prior written notice to a parent is to:
• provide comprehensive documentation of the proposed and refused actions made;
• make sure the LEA and the parents are “on the same page” about a child’s educational program;
• provide the parents with an opportunity to voice any concerns or suggestions;
• provide sufficient information to ensure that the parent understands the rationale behind an LEA’s decision making regarding a particular      proposed or refused action;
• ensure that informed parental consent is obtained, as necessary;
• assist the parent in determining the basis for any disagreement(s) with the proposed and/or refused actions addressed in the prior written  notice and whether to seek resolution of any dispute through local dispute resolution procedures, a state complaint, mediation or a due process hearing. Additionally, the U.S. Department of Education (USED) Office
RCPS  will also provide  resources for the parent to contact for help in understanding the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the related federal and Virginia Regulations
 
Below are links to information provided to special education staff and administrators regarding Prior Written Notice and Resources provided to Parents to assist in understanding the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the related federal and Virginia Regulations when providing Written Prior Notice:

Resources