Procedural Safeguards & Parental Rights

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01 Cover Page | 02 Publication Info | 03 Table of Contents |
04 Procedural Safeguards Notice| 05 Native Language |
06 Electronic Mail | 07 Prior Written Notice | 08 Consent |
09 Surrogate Parents | 10 Independent Educational Evaluation | 11 Confidentiality | 12 Discipline | 13 Parental Unilateral Placement| 14 Age of Majority | 15a Resolving Disagreements p1 | 15b Resolving Disagreements p2| 15c Resolving Disagreements p3 | 16 Attorneys Fees | 17 IDEA Dispute Resolution

This document is also availble in Braille, upon request, by contacting the Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services at 410-767-7548.


A Message from Worcester County Public Schools:

Dear Parents,

As parents you are important partners, along with school district personnel, in the education of students with disabilities. You provide necessary information to teachers and administrators; play an important role in decisions made about your children and participate as full members of the committee on the Individualized Education Program (IEP) team. In order for you to have a meaningful role in your children 's education you must understand your rights and responsibilities in regard to special education.

Enclosed please find a revised copy of your Parental Rights Maryland Procedural Safeguards Notice. This guide is intended to provide parents, guardians and caregivers of school-age children with basic information regarding how the special education process works so they can advocate effectively for their children. This guide provides information for parents and families about laws, regulations, and policies affecting special education programs and services. Our hope is that through the use of this publication, parents, families and school districts will collaborate together in order to help students reach their full potential. If you have questions about any of the information presented in this document please call your child's case manager to clarify information for you.

There may be times when you may not agree with the school's recommendations about your child's education. Conflict, misunderstandings, and poor communications do sometimes occur. In the child's best interest, it is very important that these situations be resolved in a positive and productive manner. The first step in resolving concerns and conflicts is to address them with the staff member who is most directly involved. In most cases, this will be your child's general education or special education teacher. You may want to request a conference and follow up with a note identifying specific concerns. Of course, the school principal may be contacted at any time regarding concerns.

When disputes arise that cannot be resolved, you are encouraged to contact the, Supervisor of Special Education for Worcester County Public Schools at 410-632-5034. If unresolved issues remain after attempts to resolve them informally, parents and educators can request a resolution session or mediation to resolve disagreements about a child's education needs. Another option for resolving disagreements, described in this booklet, is requesting a due process hearing.

You are encouraged to consider requesting a resolution session or mediation whenever communication has broken down or there is a dispute that can't be resolved. The focus of mediation is to find a solution that is in the best interests of the child. Mediation brings parties together to work with each other to resolve a disagreement. Mediation assists everyone to better understand differing points of view. An impartial mediator helps the participants communicate their concerns to each other. All parties are involved in the decision-making and everyone has an opportunity to express concerns and offer solutions. Mediation is voluntary. All parties must agree to participate and are in control of the outcome.

Worcester County Public Schools uses trained mediators from the Maryland Office of Administrative Hearings. To request mediation, please contact, Rae Ann Record, the Supervisor of Special Education for the Worcester County Public Schools.

An additional resource available to you is the Family Support Services Parent Coordinator. She is available to support parents in the IEP process to strengthen the knowledge of the process, provide resources and enable families of children with disabilities and professionals to function as equal partners in the educational decisionmaking process. The Family Support Services Parent Coordinator helps families and educators by assisting families to resolve concerns and make informed decisions regarding their child's education. The Parent Coordinator strives to foster understanding and communication between parents, educators, and the community on disability issues and issues related to special education. For more information or a brochure about the Family Support Services Parent Coordinator, call Barbara Morris-Wink at 410-632-5234.

We hope this information will give you a better understanding of the special education process and how to work in partnership with Worcester County Public Schools on behalf of your child.

Sincerely,  

RaeAnn N. Record

Supervisor of Special Education