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Below are samples of the most commonly used letters requested by parents throughout each year. In effort of assisting parents to gather and prepare letters on their own, you may "copy and paste" the below templates into a Word document in Microsoft or a Pages document if you are using a Mac. Hopefully this will help may parents with their letter writing efforts.

Letter Requesting Initial

Evaluation

(Be sure to keep a copy for yourself.)

Date

Name of principal

Name of school

Address of school

Dear (name of principal):


I am the parent of (name of student), a student at your school. My child’s teacher

and I have concerns that my child may have a disability and is in need of special

education services.


[or]


I am the parent of (name of child), a child that resides in your district that is or will be

3 years old on (birth date). I believe my child may have a disability and is in need of

special education services.


I am requesting a full individual evaluation of my child. I believe testing is needed in

the area(s) of: (list areas of suspected disability needing testing).


I understand that the evaluation must be completed within 45 school days from the

date the school district receives signed consent for evaluation.


Please contact me, within five days of this request, to schedule a meeting to sign

consent forms to evaluate my child. Thank you for your help.



Sincerely,



Your name

Your address

Your telephone number

Your e-mail address (optional)

Letter Requesting Additional

Testing

(Be sure to keep a copy for yourself.)

Date

Name of principal

Name of school

Address of school


Dear (name of principal):


I am the parent of (name of student), a student at your school. I have studied the

reports of the school’s evaluation of my child and believe she was not evaluated in

every area of suspected disability. I believe additional testing is needed in the area(s)

of: (list areas needing further testing). [or] I believe my child may need specialized

services and am requesting that she receive a specific evaluation for (orientation

and mobility, functional behavioral assessment, vocational evaluation, assistive

technology evaluation, etc.)


I look forward to hearing from you within five school days of the date you receive

this letter if you do not plan to schedule an ARD meeting to consider my request.

Otherwise, please contact me so we can arrange a time and place for the meeting.

Thank you for your help.



Sincerely,



Your name

Your address

Your telephone number

Your e-mail address (optional)

Letter Requesting an

Independent Evaluation

(Be sure to keep a copy for yourself.)

Date

Name of principal

Name of school

Address of school


Dear (name of principal):

I am the parent of (name of student), a student at your school. I disagree with the

school’s evaluation of (name of student), and I am requesting an independent

evaluation.


Please send me a copy of the written criteria under which independent evaluations

must be conducted and a written list of independent evaluators I can consider.

I understand the school must pay for the independent evaluation unless it requests

a hearing to prove that its evaluation was appropriate. I will send you the results of

the evaluation. I understand it must be considered in any future decisions about my

child’s education.


Please send me the criteria and list or let me know within five school days of the date

you receive this letter if you intend to request a due process hearing.

Thank you for your help.


Sincerely,

Your name

Your address

Your telephone number

Your e-mail address (optional)

Letter Requesting Reevaluation

(Be sure to keep a copy for yourself.)

Date

Name of principal

Name of school

Address of school


Dear (name of principal):


I am the parent of (name of student), a student at your school. I recently reviewed

my child’s evaluation, and I believe a new (speech, physical therapy, assistive

technology) evaluation is needed because _________________________. It has

been at least a year since my child has been evaluated in this area.


I look forward to hearing from you within five school days of the date you receive

this letter if you do not plan to schedule an ARD meeting to consider my request.

Otherwise, please contact me so we can arrange a time and place for the meeting.

Thank you for your help.



Sincerely,



Your name

Your address

Your telephone number

Your e-mail address (optional)

Letter Requesting

Records From School

(Be sure to keep a copy for yourself.)

Date

Name of principal

Name of school

Address of school

Dear (name of principal):


I am the parent of (name of student), a student at your school. Please inform me

in writing of the types and locations of all education records collected, maintained

or used for (name of student) by the school district. Please tell me where all these

records are kept and whom I should contact so I can look at them. After looking at

the list, I will let you know which records I wish to review.


Thank you for your help. I look forward to hearing from you soon.


Sincerely,

Your name

Your address

Your telephone number

Your e-mail address (optional)

Letter Requesting Review

and Revision of IEP

(Be sure to keep a copy for yourself.)

Date

Name of principal

Name of school

Address of school

Dear (name of principal):


I am the parent of (name of student), a student at your school. I recently reviewed my

child’s IEP, which was developed in (month and year), and I believe it is (out of date,

incomplete, based on insufcient evaluation information, etc.) because (state your reasons).

I request a new meeting be held as soon as possible to review and, if necessary, revise

(name of student)’s IEP. Please contact me within 10 days so the meeting can be scheduled

at a mutually agreeable time and place.


Thank you for your help. I look forward to hearing from you soon.


Sincerely,

Your name

Your address

Your telephone number

Your e-mail address (optional)

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