OSEP Policy Documents Regarding the Education of Infants, Toddlers, Children and Youth with Disabilities: Prior Written Notice

Prior Written Notice

Note: Letters issued prior to December 3, 2004, may not be consistent with the IDEA, as revised by P.L. 108-446. Letters issued prior to August 14, 2006 may not be consistent with the final regulations for Part B published on that date at 71 Federal Register 46540. Readers are advised to consult with the current statute and final regulations.

Section 607 Reports as published in the Federal Register.

April 26, 2012 to Family Soup Executive Director Cindy E. Chandler.
Topic Addressed: Prior Written Notice
Section of IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children with Disabilities; Section 615—Procedural Safeguards

Letter regarding whether prior written notice is required when a school district proposes or refuses the provision of a free appropriate public education (FAPE) in an individualized education program (IEP) meeting, or when a child moves from elementary school to high school.
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Letter to Mr. Eugene Lenz
March 6, 2002
Topic: Prior Written Notice

Letter regarding the circumstances under which a parent or a school district is required to provide prior notice and clarifying that no notice provisions other than those expressly contained in the IDEA can be applied to limit the statutory right to a due process hearing.
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Redacted letter
April 20, 2000
Topic: Prior Written Notice

Letter regarding the requirement for prior written notice before a change in educational placement.
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Last Modified: 10/11/2018