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10 Basic Steps in Special Education

When a child is having trouble in school, it’s important to find out why. The child may have a disability. By law, schools must provide special help to eligible children with disabilities. This help is called special education and related services.

There’s a lot to know about the process by which children are identified as having a disability and in need of special education and related services. This section of CPIR’s website is devoted to helping you learn about that process.

This brief overview is an excellent place to start. Here, we’ve distilled the process into 10 basic steps. Once you have the big picture of the process, it’s easier to understand the many details under each step. We’ve indicated throughout this overview where, on our site, you can connect with that more detailed information.

Right to Obtain an Independent Educational Evaluation

Accurate and updated information as of October 2021 In Spanish | En español _____________________ If you, as a parent of a child with a disability, do not agree with the results of the individualized evaluation of your child, as conducted by the school system, you have the right to obtain what is known as an […]

Confidentiality and Access to Student Records

IDEA and other federal laws protect the confidentiality of your child’s education records. These safeguards address the following three aspects:

the use of personally identifiable information;
who may have access to your child’s records; and
the rights of parents to inspect their child’s education records and request that these be amended to correct information that is misleading or inaccurate, or that violates the child’s privacy or other rights.

Parental Rights under IDEA

Accurate and updated information as of October 2021 En español | In Spanish _____________ The federal regulations for IDEA 2004 include a section (Subpart E) called Procedural Safeguards. These safeguards are designed to protect the rights of parents and their child with a disability and, at the same time, give families and school systems several […]

Evaluating School-Aged Children for Disability

Accurate and updated information as of October 2021 In Spanish | en español Evaluation is an essential beginning step in the special education process for a child with a disability. Before a child can receive special education and related services for the first time, a full and individual initial evaluation of the child must be […]

Paraprofessionals (Updated!)

After spending 10 years in a middle school special education classroom, it’s easy to say that paras are the foundation to our entire education system. Without them, kids in classrooms would struggle to understand key content, groups in the special education setting would be too large and unmanageable, teachers would have even bigger difficulties with […]

Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People

As is now apparent, COVID-19 is causing renewed surges in infections and hospitalizations of those who contract the virus, especially the Delta variant of the virus. While about 49% of people in the United States have been fully vaccinated, the rate of vaccination varies greatly from state to state. This means that some states are being especially impacted by 2021 COVID surges. The highly infectious Delta variant has caused huge spikes especially in Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Florida. Recent data (as of July 24th) indicate that approximately 97% of those patients hospitalized have not been vaccinated.

This upward surge is alarming and portends a repeat of the nation’s 2020 shutdown, a threat that has caused the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to revise its guidelines regarding the wearing of masks, safe distancing, and health protocols in different settings, even for people who have already been fully vaccinated. To connect with the Interim Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People (for non-healthcare settings), related information for healthcare settings, and how to find a free vaccination site near you, a colleague, or a loved one, visit our description of CDC’s new resource.

Cómo Solicitar una Notificación Previa por Escrito

De nuestra serie de cartas ejemplares… porque de vez en cuando necesita comunicarse con el personal de la escuela concerniente a la educación de su hijo. Actualizado, agosto de 2021 Versión PDF | Versión en Word En inglés | In English Esta publicación breve viene de una Guía para Padres más amplia cuya enfoque es […]

Derecho de los Padres de Participar en Reuniones

Actualizado, agosto de 2021 Este artículo en PDF | Este artículo en Word In English | En inglés   Los padres tienen el derecho de participar en reuniones con respecto a la identificación, evaluación y ubicación educativa de su niño y la provisión de FAPE (una educación pública gratis y apropiada) al niño, incluyendo las […]

Derecho a Recibir una Explicación Completa Sobre Todas las Garantías Procesales

Actualizado, agosto de 2021 Versión PDF | Versión en Word In English | En inglés Al menos una vez al año, los padres de un niño con una discapacidad deben recibir de la escuela una explicación de todas las garantías procesales disponibles a ellos, como padres, bajo IDEA. Esta explicación se llama la “Notificación Sobre […]

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