Parents of children who currently have or need an Individualized Education Program, or an IEP, often have to work hard to ensure that their child is getting the services that they need. It is essential for students to get the assistance that will help them find success in the school. Sometimes, in order to find the best possible combination of services to allow a student to meet their potential, the school may have to revise a child’s IEP.
Regardless of whether the child is getting his or her first IEP or they already have one that needs to be modified, the school district should send you, the parent, a Notice of Recommended Educational Placement/Prior Written Notice. This is also referred to as a NOREP/PWN. It is important to be aware that once you receive the NOREP, you only have 10 days to take action and state whether you agree or disagree with the steps being taken.
What information should be included in a NOREP?
NOREPs can be confusing for parents who are just beginning to navigate their child’s special education services. There is a lot of information that should be outlined in this document, some of which includes the following:
- What actions the school will take in regards to your child’s IEP, if any
- The school’s reasons for which this course of action is being taken
- What other options that the school took into consideration before ultimately coming to their conclusion
- The school’s reasoning for refusing to take action if this applies to your child’s situation
- The types of placement and support that the school believes your child should receive
Why would I receive a NOREP?
There are many different reasons that you would receive a NOREP from the school district in regards to your child’s IEP. Some of these scenarios include the following:
- If you have requested a change in your child’s placement or support
- If the school refuses to evaluate your child upon your request
- If the school believes that special education is no longer necessary for your child
- If the school wishes to make changes to your child’s IEP
- If the school believes that an IEP should be implemented for the first time
If you have questions about a NOREP, contact our firm today.
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