It is important for a child to receive the education they deserve. This is especially so for children with special needs. Part of ensuring that they receive this is forming an Individualized Education Program (IEP) for the student. Once this is developed, the children’s parents should receive a Notice of Recommended Education Placement (NOREP)/Prior Written Notice (PWN) from the Local Education Agency. When going through these situations, there can be a great deal of information to remember. This can prove to be overwhelming and difficult, which is why it is important to retain the services of a compassionate Pennsylvania special education attorney for assistance.
What is a NOREP?
When a school district wishes to make changes to a child’s education program, it is important to know that this cannot be done with certain notification to the parents. This is done by issuing a Notice of Recommending Education Placement (NOREP). A NOREP is a form that includes certain information regarding the child’s education. This can include:
- Any actions that the school may take regarding the child’s IEP
- Why the school is choosing this course of action
- If any other options are considered, and why the school chose the option that they did
- The school’s reason for refusing to take action if they did
- The placement that the school is proposing for the child in addition to the support the child will receive
Once a NOREP is received, the parent has 10 days to indicate whether or not they agree with the school district’s proposal. If a parent wishes to reject the changes to their child’s IEP, they must check the box on the NOREP form stating so. When this happens, the parent has the opportunity to go to mediation or ask for a due process hearing.
Why May a NOREP Be Required?
There are many different reasons as to why a parent may receive a NOREP regarding the education and services of their child. This can include the following:
- If the parent requested a chance in their child’s placement or support
- If the school refuses to evaluate the child upon the parent’s request
- If the school believes that special education services are no longer necessary for the child
- If the school wants to make changes to the child’s IEP
- If the school believes an IEP should be implemented for the first time
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