The Procedural Safeguards February 2021 (English Spanish) explain parents’ specific rights and responsibilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The Procedural Safeguards fulfills the current legal requirements for the federally prescribed content of this notice. When districts distribute this guide, other than adding local contact information in the designated space, they must not change the wording and format of the document.
A companion document to the Procedural Safeguards is A Parent's Guide to the Admission, Review and Dismissal Process (ARD Guide February 2021) (English Spanish). The ARD Guide contains information that parents need to effectively participate in an ARD committee meeting for their child. The ARD Guide is not a replacement for the Procedural Safeguards. The purpose of the ARD Guide is to encourage a common understanding of the individualized education program (IEP) process for parents, school personnel, and communities.