The information must be in your native language or other modes of communication unless not feasible to provide the information in this way. If records are to be released, the school must list them and to whom they will be released.
When you consent, you understand and agree in writing for the school to carry out the activity for which your consent is sought. You must know that the consent is voluntary and may be revoked at any time before the action takes place. However, if you revoke consent for an activity, it is not retroactive.
Parental consent is required in several situations in special education.
Here are some examples:
- Evaluation: Before conducting any evaluations or assessments of a child suspected of having a disability, schools must obtain written consent from the child’s parents or legal guardians.
- Individualized Education Program (IEP): The IEP is a document that outlines the educational program developed for a child with a disability. Parents must provide written consent before the school can develop or change the IEP.
- Placement: Before placing a child with a disability in a special education program, schools must obtain written consent from the child’s parents or legal guardians.
- Release of Information: Schools may need to share information about a child’s disability or educational program with other professionals, such as doctors or therapists. In these cases, schools must obtain written consent from the child’s parents or legal guardians before releasing any information.
Overall, parental consent is required in many aspects of special education to ensure that parents are fully informed about their child’s education and can participate in decision-making.