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Colorado Parent and Child Rights in Special Education - Procedural Safeguards

Suggested Roles and Responsibilities for Parents/Guardians - In order for parents/guardians and advocates to work together as an effective team, we suggest the following:

  • The parent/guardian is the primary decision-maker and advocate for the child.
  • Be specific when addressing concerns and issues, and if possible address them in a timely manner.
  • Provide the Arc advocate adequate notice if you wish someone to attend a meeting with you.
  • If the day and time of a meeting does not work for you, call the school to reschedule.
  • Keep track of all paperwork concerning your child.
  • Keep notes on concerns, questions and issues.
  • Share ideas for educational goals and objectives with IEP team.
  • Collaborate with your child's team to build the best program.
  • Ask questions to clarify anything that you do not understand.
  • Review your child's IEP, assessments and evaluations.
  • Maintain regular contact with the special education staff and general education teachers.
  • Monitor your child's progress periodically throughout the year.
  • Expect a progress report of your child's IEP goals and objectives as often as a report card.
  • If you do not receive a progress report, call your child's special education teacher or case manager and request one. Progress reports are required by law.
  • Always address questions and concerns to your child's teacher or case manager before going up the chain of command.
  • You may request a meeting if issues are not resolved through phone calls and written correspondence.