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What is Prior Written Notice?


By Marie Lewis

Notice of Recommended Educational Placement NOREP & Prior Written Notice PWN

The NOREP/PWN is a school district’s written request to parents to approve or revoke consent for special education and related services.

The issuance of a NOREP/PWN is required by Federal regulations (34 CFR 300.300(b)(4)(i)) prior to the termination of special education and related services.

It is issued when there is a:

· Proposed initial provision of special education and related services (For this action, the school may not

proceed without your written consent )

· Refusal to initiate an evaluation (Must issue Procedural Safeguards Notice)

· Proposed change to identification

· Proposed evaluation

· Proposed change in educational placement

· Proposed change in the provision of a free appropriate public education (FAPE)

· Refusal to change the identification, evaluation or educational placement of the child or the provision of a

free appropriate public education (FAPE)

· Change of placement for disciplinary reasons (10 day continuous/15 days total)

· Due process hearing, or an expedited due process hearing, initiated by school/district

· Graduation from high school for a special education student

· Exiting special education and/or related services

· Exiting high school due to exceeding the age eligibility

· Extended School Year (ESY) services

· Response to request for an independent educational evaluation (IEE) at public expense

· Other changes

A NOREP/PWN provides :

· A description of the action proposed or refused by the school district.

· PWN as to why the school/district proposed or refused to take the action. PRN must be issued within a

reasonable period of time. A reasonable period of time is defined as ten calendar days.

· A description of other options that the IEP team considered and the reasons why those options were r


· A description of each evaluation procedure(s), assessment(s), record(s) or report(s) used as a basis for the

proposed action or action refused.

· A description of other factors that were relevant to the school's/district's proposal or refusal.

· A description of the educational placement recommended for your child is:

o Amount of Special Education Supports/ Continuum of Placements:

  • Itinerant support in regular education <20%

  • Supplemental special education >20% - <80%

  • Full-time special education class 80% or >

  • Approved private school (only for some states)

  • Out of district placement (private school)

  • Residential placement

  • Homebound instruction

o Type of Special Education Supports:

Learning Support, Life Skills Support, Emotional Support, Deaf or Hearing Impaired Support, Blind or Visually Impaired Support, Speech and Language Support, Physical Support, Autistic Support, Multiple Disabilities Support

· Denotes parental approval or disapproval of the proposed action.

· Documents of reason for parental disapproval.

· Denotes a request for

o Meeting with school personnel

o Mediation or

o Due Process Hearing

· Includes RESOURCES for parents.

Copyright 2015 Marie Lewis

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