Procedural Safeguards

Maryland State Department of Education 2004

A step-by-step educational decision making process is involved in the provision of special education and related services to children with a disability. Certain protections, known as procedural safeguards, are built into the process to guarantee the rights of you and your child. You have the right to participate in your child's special education program. You have the right to participate in meetings regarding the identification, evaluation, educational placement of your child, and the provision of a free appropriate public education. You also have the right to an interpreter, translator, and/or have other individuals accompany you to any meeting when the meeting is focused on your child. Becoming familiar with these rights will enable you to be a well-informed advocate for your child. A document entitled "Parental Rights Maryland Procedural Safeguards Notice" provides detailed information.

  • Notice
  • Consent
  • Educational Evaluation Process
  • Independent Educational Evaluation
  • Parent Surrogate
  • Procedures Regarding Educational Records
  • Extended School Year Services
  • Discipline of students with disabilities
  • Unilateral placement of students in private schools
  • Resolving disagreements
  • Attorney's fees

A copy of this document is to be provided to you upon the initial referral of your child for evaluation, and when you request a due process hearing. Any time you wish to have additional copies of this document, please contact the IEP Facilitator at your child's school.