As Permanent Change of Station (PCS) season grows near, families are preparing their checklists, sorting through their belongings and ensuring items are in place for a smooth transition of their family.
If your child is receiving special education services, you may also be concerned about how to best prepare for a smooth PCS transition with your child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP). The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) governs how states and public agencies, including the DoD, provide early intervention, special education and other related services to eligible children from birth through age 21.
The transfer of an IEP should ensure comparable services to those in the current IEP are supported by the new school for an interim period until the IEP is adopted or a new IEP is implemented.
While federal and state laws are in place to support children with special education needs, there are a few simple steps you can take to make your child’s next IEP transition as smooth as possible.
For more information or to speak to someone about transitioning your child during the next PCS, contact your installation’s EFMP.
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If your family is PCSing this summer, things may feel a little different with schools and businesses temporarily closed due to the pandemic. However, these tips can still help you achieve a smooth transition.