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Prior Written Notice

A prior written notice of the meeting must be given to parents when:

  • Initiating or changing the educational program or placement of the child
  • Or when refusing to initiate or change the educational program or placement of the child

Prior Written Notice must be given at least five school days in advance of the actions that the school proposes or refuses to take, unless a shorter time period is agreed upon. [34 CFR §303.503 – Prior notice by the public agency]


§300.503(c) Prior notice by the public agency; content of notice.

  1. Notice in understandable language.
    1. The notice must be—
      1. Written in language understandable to the general public; and
      2. Provided in the native language, as defined in §303.25, of the parent or other mode of communication used by the parent, unless it is clearly not feasible to do so.
    2. If the native language or other mode of communication of the parent is not a written language, the public agency or designated EIS provider must take steps to ensure that—
      1. The notice is translated orally or by other means to the parent in the parent's native language or other mode of communication;
      2. The parent understands the notice
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