YOUR RIGHTS AS PARENTS - REGARDING SPECIAL EDUCATION
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, 34 C.F.R.§ 300 et seq. (IDEA), the federal law concerning the education of students with disabilities, requires schools to provide parents of a child with a disability with notice containing a full explanation of the procedural safeguards available under the IDEA and U.S. Department of Education regulations.
It is important that you understand the rights provided to you and your child with a disability. Our staff is available to assist you in understanding your rights and will provide further explanation of available procedures upon your request. If necessary, we will provide an interpreter or written translation to help you understand the information presented in the handbook. If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact the special education department at your child's school or our central office at 770-254-2800.
Your participation in your child's educational program is encouraged and appreciated. Please refer to the School Visitation Procedures located in Miscellaneous Procedures to the the left for guidance regarding visiting your child's school/classroom. Observations of classrooms other than those your child participates in is not permitted.
Parent Rights - updated 3/2020
Parent Rights Spanish - updated 1/2014
A Parent's Guide to Understanding Your Rights and Responsibilities - updated 1/2014
Revocation of Consent for Special Education Services - Parents may revoke consent at any time, but it must be submitted in writing.
Once revocation for consent is submitted in writing (using the revoke consent form above), the school system will meet with the parents and complete prior written notice indicating the date the student will no longer receive special education and related services.
Prior Written Notice - When a parent/student revokes consent for special education services, the system must complete prior written notice. The date in the proposed change in action date section in the prior written notice form is the date when the student will no longer receive special education and related services.
When consent is revoked,
- parent rights for special education end,
- rights to special education and related services end,
- special education disciplinary protections end,
- previous special education records or references remain,
- rights to FAPE end,
- future request for evaluation follow initial evaluation procedures and the 60 day timeline.
SB 10/GA Special Needs Scholarship - click the link to access the information regarding SB 10\GA Special Needs Scholarship
GaDOE Website and Parent Rights Section and Forms
The link above will take you to the GaDOE Parent Rights website. Here you will be able to access parent rights in various languages along with parent right guides, videos, and informational fact sheets.