In West Irondequoit parents are an integral member of the Committee on Special Education (CSE) or Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) in New York State. The CSE/CPSE is responsible for developing recommendations for special education programs and services for your child. Parents must be given opportunities to participate in the CSE/CPSE discussion and decision-making process about your child’s needs for special education. The following information concerns procedural safeguards that are a parent’s legal rights under federal and state laws to be informed about and involved in the special education process and to make sure that your child receives a free appropriate public education.
Procedural Safeguards are procedures to protect the rights of children with disabilities and their parents according to the provisions in the IDEA and New York State Education Law. The Procedural Safeguards Notice has been adapted from the model form developed by the United States Department of Education (USDOE). Information was added regarding New York State’s requirements.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children's education records. In most instances the school must have written permission from the parent or eligible student in order to release any information from a student's education record.