Parent Rights
  • The Onslow County School System believes the education of students with disabilities can be made more effective by strengthening the role and responsibility of parents. We can do this by making sure parents have meaningful opportunities to participate in the education of their children. 

    The collaboration between parents and staff is pivotal in making decisions that meet the needs of students and helps build relationships. By working together, and through a suggested course of contacts, parent and student successes and concerns are efficiently and effectively communicated!

    NC Notice of Procedural Safeguards

    The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires schools to provide parents of a student with a disability notice containing a full explanation of the Procedural Safeguards (legal rights) available under the IDEA and the accompanying federal regulations. 

    It is important that you understand the Procedural Safeguards (legal rights) provided for you and your child with a disability. In "Parent Rights" document, you will find a new section in more user-friendly language that summarizes the rights and responsibilities of parents in the special education process. Acronyms and terms often used in special education and resources for parents are found in the appendices.


    Notification of Safeguards

    The LEA must provide you with the Notice of Procedural Safeguards at least one time each school year and at the following times:

    a. When your child is first referred for evaluation or when you request an evaluation;

    b. When you request a copy of the Notice of Procedural Safeguards;

    c. When your child is removed for disciplinary reasons and the removal results in a change of placement;

    d. Upon receipt of the first state complaint and/or the first due process petition in a school year, if you file a State complaint or request a due process hearing; and

    e. Upon any revision to the content of the procedural safeguards notice.


    Age of Majority

    Age 18 is the age of majority in the State of North Carolina and the right to make educational decisions and procedural safeguards transfer to the student at this time. Unless a guardian has been appointed to represent the student, the student represents him or herself. (See Policies, Transfer of Parental Rights at Age of Majority, NC 1504-1.21)