Sample Advocacy Letters

Sample Letter Requesting Prior Written Notice

Dear _____,

As the minutes of (name of child) CSE meeting on (date) of this year should show, I requested written Prior Notice of the district's refusal to provide ________,

As stated in part 200.5 (Due process procedures) of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education, "written prior notice of a change in services must be given in a reasonable time before the school district proposes to or refuses to initiate or change the identification, evaluation, educational placement of the student or the provision of a free appropriate public education."

This notice must include:
(i) a description of the action proposed or refused by the district;
(ii) an explanation of why the district proposes or refuses to take the action;
(iii) a description of any other options that the district considered and the reasons why those options were rejected;
(iv) a description of each evaluation procedure, test, record, or report the district used as a basis for the proposed or refused action;
(v) a description of any other factors that are relevant to the district's proposal or refusal;
(vi) a statement that the parents of a student with a disability have protection under the procedural safeguards of this part, and the means by which a copy of a description of the procedural; safeguards can be obtained;
and
(vii) sources for parents to contact to obtain assistance in understanding the provisions in this part.

I believe that the district has had ample time to respond to my request, and would appreciate hearing from your office on this matter within 48 hours from receipt of this communication.

Thank you,

____________

Sample Letter Provided by Family Resource Network, Inc.