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Special Education: Protecting Your Child, Protecting Your Rights

October 2016

If you think your child needs special education services, this guide can help you have your child evaluated to see what services are needed. You will also learn how to help make sure your child gets the services he or she needs to do well in school.

Si usted cree que su niño necesita servicios de educación especial, esta guía le puede ayudar para que su hijo sea evaluado para determinar qué servicios son necesarios. También aprenderá como asegurarse de que su niño reciba los servicios que él o ella necesita para hacer bien en la escuela.


 Letter A:  Request for Special Education Evaluation

[Name of Parent or Adult Student]
[Address]
[Telephone Number]

[Today's Date]

[Name of School Principal, Director of Special Education, or Director of Pupil Personnel]
[Address]

Dear ___________:

I request that [your child's name], [his or her date of birth], who currently attends [name of school], be evaluated for special education. I am requesting an evaluation because [the reason you are asking for an evaluation].

Please contact me at the above number to schedule a mutually convenient date and time for a PPT meeting.

Sincerely,

[Parent or adult student's signature]


 Letter B:  Request for School Records

[Name of Parent or Adult Student]
[Address]
[Telephone Number]

[Today's Date]

[School Principal]
[Address]

Dear ________:

Please send me one copy of all of the school records of [insert your child's name], [his or her date of birth], as provided by Section 10-76d-18(b), Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies and 20 USC 1232(g).

Please include any evaluations, attendance records, and/or disciplinary records which exist regarding [your child's name].

I look forward to receiving a copy of the records within 5 days, as required by the above regulations.

 

Sincerely,

[Parent or adult student's signature]


 Letter C:  Request for Impartial Hearing

[Name of Parent or Adult Student]
[Address]
[Telephone Number]

[Today's Date]

Connecticut State Department of Education
Bureau of Special Education
Due Process Unit
P. O. Box 2219, Room 364
(Fax #:   860-713-7153)
Hartford, CT 06145-2219

 

I request an impartial hearing concerning [insert your child's name and date of birth), who is currently within the jurisdiction of the [name of school district] and attends [name of school].

I attended an IEP meeting on [date of the meeting at which you and the school district did not reach an agreement].

The issue(s) in dispute are as follows:

[List all the school district's actions and/or IEP meeting decisions with which you disagree.)

I suggest the following resolution to the dispute: [List what changes you would like to have happen for your child's school program).

Sincerely,

 

[Parent or adult student's signature]

 

cc: [insert name of Director of Special Education]


 Letter D:  Request for Advisory Opinion

 Connecticut State Department of Education
Bureau of Special Education
Due Process Unit
P. O. Box 2219, Room 364
Fax #:  860-713-7153
Hartford, CT 06145-2219

 

We request an advisory opinion. We understand that both parties must agree to an advisory opinion and that we are not required to pursue an advisory opinion prior to requesting a due process hearing.

____________________________                ________________

Parent Signature                                             Date

 

_____________________________              ________________

School District Representative Signature          Date

 

Both parties are available on the following dates: (list two dates)

_________________________        ________________________

We understand that one of these dates will be selected for the advisory opinion.

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What can I do if I disagree with the school about what is right for my child?

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