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(16.16) Does Section 504 establish procedural safeguards for parents?

(16.16) Does Section 504 establish procedural safeguards for parents?

Yes. Section 504 requires school districts to establish a system of procedural safeguards to include the following rights for parents:

  1. Right to a written notice of procedural safeguards containing information about identification, evaluation, refusal to evaluate and educational placement of the child. [Forest Hills (OH) Local Sch. Dist., 58 IDELR 114 (OCR 2011).];
  2. Right to information about denial of an educational placement and any significant change of placement. [Hudson (NH) Sch. Dist., 58 IDELR 22 (OCR 2011).];
  3. Right to an evaluation of a child suspected to have a disability before the initial placement and before any subsequent significant change of placement.  [Lourdes Charter Sch., 57 IDELR 53 (OCR 2011).];
  4. An opportunity to examine all relevant records in a timely manner. [Indian Prairie Sch. Dist., 51 IDELR 255 (OCR 2008).];
  5. Right to an impartial hearing, with participation by parent and representation by counsel, for disputes concerning identification, evaluation or educational placement of the child. [Talbot County (OH) Pub. Schs., 52 IDELR 205 (OCR 2008).];
  6. Right to appeal the final decision of the impartial hearing officer to a court of competent jurisdiction. [Forest Hills (Oh) Local Sch., 58 IDELR 114 (OCR 2011).];