Procedural Safeguard Letter
The Procedural Safeguards describes your rights and the procedures that safeguard your rights under state and federal special education law, including the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, commonly referred to as "IDEA 2004." These laws and regulations require local educational agencies to provide a free appropriate public education (FAPE) to all students with disabilities who are in need of special education. A free appropriate public education, or FAPE, means special education and related services designed to meet the individual educational needs of your child provided, at no cost to you, in conformity with your child's Individualized Education Program (IEP).
The information contained in this "Procedural Safeguards Notice" is important to you and your child. Please take time to review it. While we have attempted to consolidate a great deal of information into a readable format, we recognize that the information can be cumbersome. If you need clarification, you can seek help from personnel in the agency that provides educational services to your child. You also have the right to be informed of organizations that are established to assist parents in understanding their rights under these laws. Some of these resources are listed below and also contained in the Procedural Safeguards Notice.
If you have a concern about your child's educational program, you may wish to contact your child's teachers, principal, or school administrators. This type of communication is often helpful in resolving concerns.
You also have the right under federal law to file a complaint with the Pennsylvania Department of Education and/or to initiate due process procedures as described in Section VI of this "Procedural Safeguards Notice".
Andrea Dinsmore, M.Ed.
Director of Special Education
Local Resources for Parents
(Additional Resources are listed on the Procedural Safeguards Notice.)
If you have a child with mental retardation and/or emotional disturbance, he/she is entitled under the Pennsylvania Mental Health and Mental Retardation Act of 1966 and the Pennsylvania Mental Health Procedures Act of 1976 to the services of a local Mental Health/Mental Retardation (MH/MR) Center for an independent medical, psychological, and educational evaluation to be performed by a state-certified professional at no cost to you.
NAME/ADDRESS/PHONE NUMBER OF MH/MR BASE SERVICE UNIT:
Chester County Mental Health/Mental Retardation
601 Westtown Road, Suite 340, West Chester, PA 19380
610-344-6265 or Toll Free 1-800-692-1100 ext 6265
LOCAL CHAPTER OF THE PENNSYLVANIA ARC:
ARC of Chester County
900 Lawrence Drive, West Chester, PA
DISABILITY RIGHTS NETWORK OF PENNSYLVANIA
PENNSYLVANIA BAR ASSOCIATION
P. O. Box 186
Harrisburg, PA 17108