Sample Letter requesting Prior Written Notice - PDF
There are times when a school must explain, in writing, their decisions about a child’s education and the reasons for
making those decisions. This written communication is called prior written notice. Parents have the right to receive prior written notice (PWN) whenever the school wants to (or refuses to): evaluate their child, change their child’s disability identification, change their child’s educational placement, or change the way in which their child is provided a free appropriate public education (FAPE).
The school should provide parents with prior written notice in any of these events. Sometimes, however, schools tell
families decisions over the phone, in a meeting, or in a conversation. If parents want the notice in writing, they should
ask the school for it. It is best to put the request it in writing (and keep a copy for their records).
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