Procedural Safeguards/Bill of Rights/Parent Guide

Since July 1, 2005, IDEA and state regulations implementing IDEA, only requires the provision of procedural safeguards statement to be given to the parent one time per school year. In addition to the once a year requirement, they must be given to a parent:

  • Upon initial referral for evaluation;
  • On the date the decision is made to make a removal that constitutes a disciplinary change of placement;
  • Upon parental request for an additional copy;
  • And, upon the first occurrence of the filing of a due process hearing request or child complaint, at which time the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) provides the procedural safeguards statement.

Procedural Safeguards may be found online at:


The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has developed a Parents' Bill of Rights (162.850 RSMO). LEAs must provide the Bill of Rights to parents when: a child is determined eligible for special education services or,when an initial Individualized Education Program (IEP) is developed and, whenever the Procedural Safeguards Notice is provided to parents.

The Parents' Bill of Rights document is available online at:


One of the resources the Office of Special Education has to offer is The Parent's Guide to Special Education. This document is posted on at The booklet provides parents with information to assist in their participation with the identification process and provision of educational services for children with disabilities.

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