You have certain rights as a parent of a child with disabilities. It's good to know what they are!
The school district has to follow rules and regulations that protect students and families.
These rules make sure that your child is getting what the law says they can get.
The school district also has to follow a required timeline as you go through this process.
The school district is required by federal law to do these things:
Give you information in your preferred language
Evaluate all children who they suspect might benefit from special education services
Send you written notice of upcoming IEP meetings
Send you progress reports as often as the school sends progress reports to parents of students without disabilities
Stick to a specific timeline when you go through the process
Remember that the school district is required by law to stick to a timeline.
If you don't hear from them, or get the evaluation or services when you're supposed to, you can call and tell them. This is your right.
Click on the link at the bottom of the page to download a more detailed timeline. (It will open in a new tab or appear in the bottom corner of your screen.)
Sources: EOHHS, Family TIES of MA