Procedural Safeguards

What are procedural safeguards?

The phrase "Procedural Safeguards" is another term for parental rights. The Utah State Board of Education published a 48-page document to inform parents of the safeguards given to them and their children with disabilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). It is a federal law to provide Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) to your child. A copy of these procedural safeguards have to be provided to parents 

  • Once every school year

  • Upon initial referral

  • Upon the statement of a complaint

  • When disciplinary action is made

  • Whenever it is requested

These procedural safeguards must be given to parents of children who are receiving or qualify for special education. They must be given in a manner that can be understood by the parent; this means that you can request these safeguards in another language. We encourage all parents to ask questions about their rights.