Writing letters to the school is an important part of advocating for your child. It’s especially important to put requests for dispute resolution into writing. When you write a letter, you create a record of your requests and concerns. You also document what the school has or hasn’t done for your child.
You can use these sample letters to communicate with your school and other education officials. Copy the text and then customize it. Many state departments of education websites also have sample letters that you can use.
Keep in mind that states and local school districts may have unique rules for dispute resolution. They’re required to notify you of those rules in what’s called a procedural safeguards notice. It describes your rights and the process, including to whom letters should be addressed and when.
Letter: Ask to discuss a problem with the schoolPDF
Letter: Request an independent evaluation at public expensePDF
Letter: Request an IEP review meetingPDF
Letter: Request a change in placementPDF
Letter: Tell the school you’re enrolling your child in private school at public expensePDF
Letter: Request an explanation of denial of servicesPDF
Letter: Request mediationPDF
Letter: Request a due process hearing or file a due process complaintPDF
Letter: State complaintPDF
Letter: Follow up on a requestPDF
Letter: Create a record of successful servicesPDF
Print (and keep handy) this school contact list.
Download an IEP goal tracker, checklist, and school communication log for your IEP binder.
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About the author
Andrew M.I. Lee, JD is an editor and attorney who strives to help people understand complex legal, education, and parenting issues.
JoAnna Barnes, JD is a lawyer and the parent of a high school student and a college student with learning disabilities.