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Tips for Communicating with Your School

There are some specific communication skills that can help you be most successful in developing and maintaining a strong partnership with your child’ s school. We hope these “Steps to Success” will be particularly helpful to parents who are new to the special education process.

 Steps for Success  

 Steps for Success (Spanish)        Steps for Success (Chinese)

Parent Rights

Parents of children with disabilities from ages three through twenty-one have specific educational rights under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). These rights are called procedural safeguards. Individuals serving as surrogate parents and students aged eighteen receiving special education services, are also entitled to these rights.

Summary of Parent Rights           Read the full version

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Parent Rights (Tagalog):

Paunawa ng mga Pamprotektang Hakbang sa Proseso

Parent Rights (Vietnamese):

Thông Báo về Các Biện Pháp Bảo Vệ Theo Thủ Tục

504 Rehabilitation Act Program

Section 504 enables a student with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activity to receive accommodations and/or related services to ensure equal access to education.

Section 504: Student, Family and Community Support Department 

Student Success Team (SST)

The SST is a problem solving and coordinating structure that assists students, families and teachers to develop positive solutions for maximizing student potential.

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Student Assistance Program (SAP)

The Student Assistance Program (SAP) is a “learning support” umbrella structure that brings together all support service providers at a school site. The SAP provides early identification, assessment, referral, support, and service coordination for students experiencing academic, attendance, behavior/social, or health problems that impact school success.

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