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Moving To a New District: Will My Child's Special Needs Be Met?

Moving is stressful enough. Amongst hiring help and labeling boxes, you shouldn't have to worry about your child's education, especially when your child requires special education services.

If you move to a new school district within California, contact your neighborhood school, the school closest to where you live, and tell them about your child's special needs. For the first 30 days of enrollment, the new school is required to provide your child with a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) by offering services and supports comparable to the existing Individual Education Plan (IEP). Prior to enrollment, it may be a good idea to do some research on the new school and other schools within the district to better ensure the services are truly "comparable" during this first 30 days. Make sure the new school and IEP team is aware that you understand your child's rights. Within 30 days, a review meeting will be held by the IEP team to review your child's needs and discuss any changes that should be made.

If you do not feel that the district's new offer of FAPE is appropriate to meet your child's educational needs, you do not have to agree to the changes.  As a parent, you still have the right to request new assessments and an IEP meeting to review the assessments. Moving brings enough change to your child's life. A negative change in special education services should not be one of them.

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If you have any questions about your child's special education services, Contact us by email or call us at 714-602-1498 or 866-781-7723 (toll free) for more information.

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